View random article

In Baseball, What Is Ops?

There are many baseball terms. One of the most recent terms to emerge in baseball lingo is “OPS or “on base percentage plus slugging percentage.” It is one of the ways of judging the player’s offensive skills.

OPS assesses how well a player can hit the ball and reach base safely. It is derived by this equation:

(H + BB + HBP) / (AB + BB + SF + HBP)

First, add the number of hits (H), bases on balls (BB) or walks, and the hits by a pitch (HBP). This is the first value. Then, add the number of times the player has been sent up to bat (AB), (BB), sacrifice flies (SF), and HBP. This is the second value. Divide the first value and the second value.

OPS also looks at a player’s slugging percentage, which gives a closer look at the kind of hits that he gets: singles, doubles or triples. This is then divided by the total times that the person goes up to bat. This is computed with the following equation:

AB(H + BB + HBP) + TB (AB + BB + SF + HBP)/ AB(AB +BB + SF + HBP) = OPS

What is the healthy OPS score? A good player should get a score of about .900 to .950. A really, really good player will get an OPS of 1.000. The baseball legends will get above 1.000. Babe Ruth holds the best OPS score at 1.1636. Ted Williams ranks second and Lou Gehrig ranks third. P

Featured in Sports