**A batting average of .300 or better is considered an excellent mark in Major League Baseball.**

Of course, there is always some subjectivity in deciding how “good” something is, but we can look to historical norms to help us determine where a particular batting average falls in the spectrum of hitter performance.

But first, some quick basics …

## What Is Batting Average?

Batting average is simply the number of hits a player collects in a given period of time divided by the number of at-bats he accumulates in that same period. So, the formula for batting average is …

`batting average = (number of hits)/(number of at-bats)`

Batting average (BA) has fallen out of favor as a measure of hitter effectiveness as sabermetrics and advanced statistical measures have taken root in the game, with critics pointing out the shortcomings of BA. Among those are:

- Batting average neglects other methods of reaching base, primarily walks.
- Batting average provides no real indication of power production, since it treats a single the same as a double, triple, or home run.
- Batting average is susceptible to forces largely outside a batter’s control: fielding prowess of the opposing team, park factors, luck. These tend to show up as variances from year-to-year in a hitter’s batting average on balls in play, or BAPIP.

Still, batting average has been statistical royalty for more than a century, and it’s not about to go away anytime soon.

So, back to our question …

## What Is a Good Batting Average?

Over the course of baseball history, the average (mean) batting average in MLB has ranged from a low of .237 in 1968 to a high of .309 in 1894 (the “modern” high was .292 in 1930).

No matter how you slice it, then, a batting average of .300 is and always has been (aside from a couple of 19th-century seasons) a cause for celebration.

If we look at league leaders, the top batting average has ranged from a low of .301 in 1968 (Carl Yastrzemski) to a high of .440 in 1894 (Hugh Duffy).

So, while a .300 average likely won’t win a batting title, it at least gets a guy in the conversation!