Batter Hit By Pitch Records and Details
What is Batter Hit By Pitch ?
Hit by pitch (HBP) is the total number of times a player or player equipment exluding his bat, is hit by a non-strike pitch, made sufficient effort to avoid the pitch, and is awarded first base. It's measured over a given time period such as season or career. Generally, for Batter Hit By Pitch, higher is better. (Source)
What is a good Batter Hit By Pitch?
What does good Batter Hit By Pitch mean? "Good" baseball stats can be very subjective and mean different things to different people. I have attempted to quantify good and bad by taking season and career stats for MLB position players (not pitchers) with a minimum number of plate appearances. In this case 150 for career and 75 for a season. To find good and bad within this cohort of players I calculated the first and third quartiles, anything between these quartiles I consider average. This makes up the middle 50% of players. In an example where higher is better for a stat, below the first quartile (bottom 25% of players) would be bad and above the 3rd quartile (top 25% of players) would be good. For stats where lower is better, flip around good and bad.
Career, Season, and Season Average Batter Hit By Pitch Records
For my hot take on Batter Hit By Pitch records most of the same rules apply from the first section. To be considered for my prestigious lists the player must meet a certain threshold of plate appearances. Since this is a Hitting stat to be considered for the career list the player must have over 150 plate appearances, for a season consideration the player must have had 75 plate appearances. Additionally, the player's final game must have been after 1899.