Definition – What is Total Bases?
TB is the total number of bases a hitter has batted for.
It is a simple addition with equal weight to each base hit – a 1 base hit adds 1 to the total, a 3 base hit adds 3 to the total, etc.
It does not take into account bases earned in other ways (such as walks or hit by pitch).
Formula – How to calculate TB
TB = 1 base hits + (2 x 2 base hits) + (3 x 3 base hits) + (4 x home runs)
If a batter has 75 1 base hits, 38 2 base hits, 7 3 base hits, and 13 home runs, then:
TB = 75 + (38 x 2) + (7 x 3) + (13 x 4)
TB = 75 + 76 + 21 + 52
TB = 224
This batter has produced 224 bases through hits.
Sources and more resources
- Wikipedia – List of Major League Baseball Players with 4,000 Total Bases.
- Baseball Reference – Career Leaders and Records for Total Bases.
- Rules on baseball and baseball statistics from Major League Baseball, NCAA (Baseball), NCAA (Softball), NCAA (Baseball and Softball), NFHS, and the International Baseball Federation.