The Question:

I can't find a detailed answer regarding how to compute a batting average. What I found says, divide the number of bases by the number of times at bat. So, if you get a walk, does your average go down?

The Answer:

A simple way to compute a player's batting average is to divide the player's total hits (not the number of bases) by his/her total at bats. A walk does not count as an at bat or hit, and does not affect a player's batting average.

You can see a list of Major League Baseball Players with the highest career batting averages in our sports almanac. Or you can check out our list of the annual leaders.

—The Fact Monster