I'm looking for a stat for how often a hitter gets on base via walk, hit, hit by ball. Anything excluding homeruns. As in the percentage of time people actually stand on a base.


On base percentage (OBP) includes all methods of getting on base, but does not exclude home runs. All methods of reaching base safely are included except for errors, reached on a fielder's choice, or dropped third strike.

The only major hitting stat that excludes home runs is Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP), which also would not include walks or HBPs.

The only area I would imagine a statistician might be interested in times on base (but not home runs) would be in evaluating baserunning, perhaps to use as a denominator; I do not believe there is a named statistic for that, though, they would simply use the OBP numerator and subtract home runs directly.

  • Even then, simply being on base doesn't mean you have the opportunity to steal, if the base ahead of you is occupied.
    – chepner
    Jan 11 '21 at 18:03
  • @chepner Note I said "baserunning" not "stealing" - baserunning in general is possible to evaluate even without stealing. But of course there are always complexities with any of these.
    – Joe
    Jan 11 '21 at 21:45
  • Is there a homerun percentage? Maybe I could just subtract the two.
    – GC_
    Mar 31 '21 at 3:41
  • There is HR%, yes.
    – Joe
    Mar 31 '21 at 3:43

I would guess you're referring to On Base Percentage (https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/On_base_percentage).

  • 3
    I believe that includes homeruns.
    – GC_
    Jan 7 '21 at 21:13

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