A batter is credited with an RBI in most cases where the result of his plate appearance is a run being scored. There are a few exceptions, however. A player does not receive an RBI when the run scores as a result of an error or ground into double play.
The most common examples of RBIs are run-scoring hits. However, players also receive an RBI for a bases-loaded walk or hit by pitch. Players can earn RBIs when they make outs, as well, provided the out results in a run or runs (except, as noted above, in the case of double plays).
Along with home runs and batting average, RBIs are a part of baseball's offensive Triple Crown. However, RBIs can be a deceiving stat, as they have been proven to be highly predicated upon circumstance. Players often attain high RBI totals throughout the course of a season simply by batting behind hitters who get on base frequently.
Still, Major League Baseball players place a great importance on RBIs -- and understandably so, because it is their job to produce runs.
Watch: Anthony Rizzo hits a homer with two men on base, collecting three runs batted in.
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