**Baseball Reference says that the number of people who go to Major League Baseball games has been steadily going down since 2007.**

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**Many baseball statistics use terms that casual fans might not understand. If you don’t know how to talk about baseball, think about the following:**

## What is OPS in baseball?

The letters “OPS” stand for “on-base plus slugging.”

MLB’s dictionary of baseball terms says that this statistic was made to combine on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

OPS can be just as helpful when judging pitchers. This is when the term “OPS against” is used, according to the rules of MLB.

MLB says that a batter’s on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) can be found by adding up his or her marks for each.

## Who has the highest OPS in baseball?

Baseball Almanac says that Babe Ruth, who retired with an OPS of 1.164, has the best career OPS in baseball history.

As of the month of September 2022, Mike Trout, who plays center field for the Los Angeles Angels, has an OPS of 1.002. Baseball Almanac says that Trout’s lifetime OPS is the eighth best of all time.

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## What is OBP in baseball?

“On-base percentage” is what “OBP” stands for. This number shows how many times a batter gets on base in one at-bat, no matter how they did it (hit, walk, or HBP). There are many ways to use the term “on-base average.”

This statistic is based on how many times a player got on base each time he or she came to bat.

Errors, fielder’s choice plays, dropped third strikes, and sacrifice bunts are not taken into account.

## Who has the highest OBP in baseball?

Baseball Reference says that Ted Williams has the highest percentage of getting on base over the course of his career (.4817).

Trout has the best lifetime OBP of any MLB player (.4154). Baseball Reference says that Trout’s OBP is the 26th best of all time.

## What is SLG in baseball?

Slugging percentage, or SLG for short, is a baseball statistic that shows how many bases a batter can reach in a certain number of swings.

Simply put, a slugging percentage doesn’t give each hit the same weight as a batting average does. For batting average, all you have to do is divide the number of hits by the number of times you’ve been up to bat. For SLG, the formula is more complicated.

According to the MLB’s baseball terms dictionary, slugging percentage is (1B + 2B x 2 + 3B x 3 + HR x 4) / at-bats.