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On-Base Percentage
(Top 50 Seasons by a Catcher)

The most important isolated (one-dimensional) offensive statistic is the On-Base Percentage (OBP). It measures the probability that the batter will not be another step toward the end of the inning. Anything that increases the offense's chances of making an out is bad; anything that decreases it is good. On-Base Percentage is actually on-base per thousand. (eg. A batter who gets on base four out of ten times has an OBP of .400. OBP is computed as [(Hits + Walks + Hit By Pitch) divided by (At-Bats + Walks + Hit By Pitch + Sacrifice Flies)]. An extra point of on-base percentage is worth three times an extra point of slugging percentage (SLG), computed as [Total Bases divided by At-Bats]. A team's winning percentage is most closely correlated to OBP and SLG. Thus, OBP is the best measure of a catcher's contribution to his team's success. The following list identifies the TOP 50 CATCHER SEASONS (300 At-Bats minimum). Click to so see the Top 50 OBP Career Catchers

LastName NickName Year Team Lg H BB HBP AB SF OBP
COCHRANE MICKEY 1933 PHA AL 138 106 3 429 0 0.4591
COCHRANE MICKEY 1935 DET AL 131 96 4 411 0 0.4521
BRESNAHAN ROGER 1903 NYG NL 142 61 7 406 0 0.4430
BASSLER JOHNNY 1924 DET AL 131 62 3 379 0 0.4414
MEYERS CHIEF 1912 NYG NL 133 47 8 371 0 0.4413
O'FARRELL BOB 1922 CHN NL 127 79 1 392 0 0.4386
SCHANG WALLY 1919 BOS AL 101 71 5 330 0 0.4360
BURGESS SMOKY 1954 PHI NL 127 42 0 345 4 0.4322
PIAZZA MIKE 1997 LAN NL 201 69 3 556 5 0.4313
SCHANG WALLY 1921 NYA AL 134 78 5 424 0 0.4280
DICKEY BILL 1936 NYA AL 153 46 3 423 0 0.4280
COCHRANE MICKEY 1934 DET AL 140 78 4 437 0 0.4277
DIETZ DICK 1970 SFN NL 148 109 3 493 5 0.4262
O'NEILL STEVE 1921 CLE AL 108 57 2 335 0 0.4239
COCHRANE MICKEY 1930 PHA AL 174 55 1 487 0 0.4236
HARTNETT GABBY 1937 CHN NL 126 43 0 356 0 0.4236
O'NEILL STEVE 1922 CLE AL 122 73 3 392 0 0.4231
COCHRANE MICKEY 1931 PHA AL 160 56 3 459 0 0.4228
BASSLER JOHNNY 1922 DET AL 120 62 2 372 0 0.4220
PIAZZA MIKE 1996 LAN NL 184 81 1 547 2 0.4216
PHELPS BABE 1936 BRO NL 117 27 3 319 0 0.4212
PORTER DARRELL 1979 KCA AL 155 121 8 533 13 0.4207
TORRE JOE 1971 SLN NL 230 63 4 634 5 0.4207
HARGRAVE BUBBLES 1923 CIN NL 126 44 12 378 0 0.4194
BRESNAHAN ROGER 1906 NYG NL 114 81 15 405 0 0.4192
TETTLETON MICKEY 1994 DET AL 84 97 5 339 3 0.4189
PIAZZA MIKE 1998 NYN NL 137 47 2 394 3 0.4170
DICKEY BILL 1937 NYA AL 176 73 4 530 0 0.4168
POSADA JORGE 2000 NYA AL 145 107 8 505 4 0.4167
HOILES CHRIS 1993 BAL AL 130 69 9 419 3 0.4160
TENACE GENE 1977 SDN NL 102 125 13 437 4 0.4145
BASSLER JOHNNY 1923 DET AL 114 76 0 383 0 0.4139
SCHANG WALLY 1920 BOS AL 118 64 7 387 0 0.4127
DICKEY BILL 1938 NYA AL 142 75 2 454 0 0.4124
KENDALL JASON 2000 PIT NL 185 79 15 579 4 0.4121
COCHRANE MICKEY 1929 PHA AL 170 69 2 514 0 0.4120
COCHRANE MICKEY 1932 PHA AL 152 100 4 518 0 0.4116
KENDALL JASON 1998 PIT NL 175 51 31 535 8 0.4112
RUEL MUDDY 1925 WAS AL 122 63 4 393 0 0.4109
BRESNAHAN ROGER 1905 NYG NL 100 50 11 331 0 0.4107
COCHRANE MICKEY 1927 PHA AL 146 50 2 432 0 0.4091
O'NEILL STEVE 1920 CLE AL 157 69 3 489 0 0.4082
BASSLER JOHNNY 1925 DET AL 96 74 1 344 0 0.4081
O'FARRELL BOB 1923 CHN NL 144 67 1 452 0 0.4077
SIMMONS TED 1977 SLN NL 164 79 2 516 4 0.4077
NILSSON DAVE 1996 MIL AL 150 57 3 453 3 0.4070
HENLINE BUTCH 1923 PHI NL 107 37 9 330 0 0.4069
SCIOSCIA MIKE 1985 LAN NL 127 77 5 429 3 0.4066
FERRELL RICK 1936 BOS AL 128 65 0 410 0 0.4063
FERRELL RICK 1932 SLA AL 138 66 1 438 0 0.4059



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