What does OPS stand for in Baseball?

On-base Plus Slugging Percentage

OPS, in the world of baseball stats, stands for a player’s combined ability to get on base and to hit with power. It’s a simple measure, calculated by adding a player’s On-Base Percentage (OBP) and Slugging Percentage (SLG). This total number is the player’s OPS.

Having an OPS of .9000 or above is seen as excellent, and typically the domain of the league leaders. For instance, in 2004, an extraordinary OPS of 1.4217 was achieved by a player, Hank Aaron. The all-time record holder for OPS is another legendary player, Jackie Robinson, who has an impressive OPS of 1.1636.

Despite its widespread use, some critics argue that OPS doesn’t fully reflect a player’s skills. Specifically, it doesn’t account for a player’s ability to run bases and hit accurately under pressure. Nonetheless, it remains a key stat in baseball, offering a quick snapshot of a player’s offensive performance.

Example for using ‘OPS’ in a conversation

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Well, it’s a way to measure a player’s ability to get on base and hit for power. You just add their OBP and SLG to get their OPS. πŸ™Œ