Definition – What is Total Average?
TA shows a batter’s offensive contribution. The higher the number, the more contributions and the fewer negative contributions.
Fans of the total average metric note that it is a relatively easy metric to calculate.
Formula – How to calculate TA
TA = (Total Bases + Hit by Pitch + Walks + Stolen Base) ÷ (At Bats – Hits + Caught Stealing + Ground Into Double Play)
If a batter has 164 hits, 22 walks, 255 total bases, 520 at-bats, 7 caught stealing, 18 stolen bases, 4 hit by pitch, and 5 ground into double play, then:
TA = (255 + 4 + 22 + 18) / (520 – 164 + 7 + 5)
TA = 299 / 368
TA = 0.813
This batter’s TA is 0.813.
Sources and more resources
- Wikipedia – Total Average – Wikipedia entry on TA.
- More on total average with Misc Baseball – “Thomas Boswell Unveiling his Total Average Statistic” and Hardball Times – “Bases and outs ad nauseum.”
- Rules on baseball and baseball statistics from Major League Baseball, NCAA (Baseball), NCAA (Softball), NCAA (Baseball and Softball), NFHS, and the International Baseball Federation.