Runs batted in

The term runs batted in (RBI, RBIs) refers to a statistic that is credited to hitters who put the ball into play causing one or more runners to score.

How Do Hitters Receive Runs Batted In?

In order to be credited with a run batted in from the Official Scorer, the hitter must score the run in one of the following ways:

  • Without the help of an error and as part of a play that began with the hitter’s safe hit, sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, infield out, or fielder’s choice
  • In the case that the hitter becomes a runner while the bases are full, either because of a walk, an award of first base for being touched with a pitched ball, or for obstruction or interference
  • If there are fewer than two people out, and an error occurs on a play on which a runner from third base would usually score otherwise

When Do Hitters Not Receive Runs Batted In?

Hitters are not credited with a run batted in from the official scorer under these circumstances:

  • The hitter has grounded into a force double play or reverse-force double play
  • A fielder fumbles a throw at first base that otherwise would’ve completed a force double play causing them to be charged with an error