UNDERSTANDING BASEBALL

Meaning of RBI in Baseball

RBI stands for “run batted in”, and it is a statistic in baseball that credits a batter for making a play that allows a run to be scored.

In more simple words, any “runs” scored due to a batter making “an action” to help. For instance, if the hitter makes a base hit, allowing a runner to score from third base, then the runner
is credited with the Run, but the hitter is credited with the RBI.

The most common examples of RBIs are run-scoring hits. However, players also receive an RBI for a bases-loaded walk or hit by pitch. Players can earn RBIs when they make outs, as well, provided the “out” results in a run or runs (except, as noted above, in the case of double plays).

RBIs, AVGs and home runs, are the best way to assess hitters.

Example of RBI

  1. Imagine there is one man in 3rd base. The hitter hits downfield and so the man in third base makes the run. The hitter will be credited 1 RBI.
  2. Imagine the batter has all bases loaded and he hits a home run. The hitter will get 3 RBIs, one for each man in base that scored a run.

Meaning of RBI in Baseball

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