Jim asked: Why is a walk not counted as a plate appearance?
Rick answered: Jim, thank you for your question.
A walk is counted as a plate appearance, it isn't counted as a time at bat.
A walk is considered a plate appearance and is part of the formula for computing on base percentage.
OBP = hits + walks + hit by pitch
at bats + walks + hit by pitch +sacrifice flies
OBP is a more complete statistic than Batting Average, as far as a players contribution to the team.
Yours in baseball,