How Many Plate Appearances To Qualify For Batting Title?
Plate appearances to qualify for batting title require 520 PA over the season. It is 3.1 times the number of total games played by an MLB team.
Minor league baseball only requires 2.8 times per game due to the difference in rules. The seven-inning doubleheader and shortened extra innings with runners on second base is a major factor in this decision.
The length of a game is shorter in MiLB considering the reduction of game time due to these rules. They also provide fewer chances for a hitter to stand on the home plate making their PA requirement to be lower.
After the shortened 60-game season in 2020, MLB has also adopted the same rules regarding the extra innings and seven-inning doubleheader. However, MLB has yet to bring changes to the PA requirement.
Nonetheless, the MLB Rule 9.22(a) provides an exception for leading players in batting records to become eligible for the title if they have at least 502 PA over the season. It also considers the at-bat counts that are omitted if there are no other hitters who obtained similar achievements that year.
Plate appearance for batting title is also important in calculating the On Base Percentage of a hitter. It is an alternative method used in measuring the batter's performance in offensive play.
A batter is credited with a plate appearance after completing their batting turn after getting up on the home plate. However, some instances restrict the PA to be counted in the total.
The batter does not get credited with a PA if the runner ahead of them is put out on the basepaths for the third time in ways other than the time when a batter hits the ball into play. Runners getting picked off and getting caught when stealing bases lead to such instances.
Similarly, if the game ends when the winning run is obtained from third base using a balk, stolen bases, wild pitches, and passed ball, then it is also not counted in the PA records of the batter.
Getting replaced by a pinch hitter after starting the turn will also prevent the former batter from getting both PA and at-bat count. These counts are given to the pinch hitter according to the MLB Rule 9.15(b) unless the former batter is replaced after 2 strikes and the pinch hitter gets the final strike for a strikeout.