Below, I’ve listed the league-average OPP for each year since 1950. I’ve also listed the OBP for that year, as a reference. Links in the table go to Baseball-Reference.

MLB Average OPP, by Year

Year OPP OBP
2010
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.313 .325
2009
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.319 .333
2008
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.319 .333
2007
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.321 .336
2006
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.322 .337
2005
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.316 .330
2004
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.322 .335
2003
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.319 .333
2002
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.318 .331
2001
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.321 .332
2000
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.333 .345
1999
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.332 .345
1998
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.323 .335
1997
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.325 .337
1996
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.328 .340
1995
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.325 .338
1994
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.327 .339
1993
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.321 .332
1992
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.310 .322
1991
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.312 .323
1990
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.314 .325
1989
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.309 .320
1988
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.307 .318
1987
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.321 .331
1986
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.316 .326
1985
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.312 .323
1984
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.314 .323
1983
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.314 .325
1982
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.313 .324
1981
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.308 .320
1980
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.315 .326
Year OPP OBP
1979
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.318 .330
1978
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.313 .323
1977
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.319 .329
1976
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.310 .320
1975
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.317 .327
1974
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.313 .324
1973
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.314 .325
1972
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.300 .311
1971
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.304 .317
1970
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.315 .326
1969
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.305 .320
1968
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.290 .299
1967
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.298 .306
1966
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.301 .310
1965
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.302 .311
1964
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.304 .313
1963
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.302 .309
1962
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.315 .326
1961
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.319 .328
1960
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.314 .324
1959
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.315 .324
1958
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.313 .325
1957
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.313 .324
1956
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.319 .331
1955
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.321 .332
1954
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.321 .333
1953
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.323 .336
1952
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.314 .327
1951
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.323 .336
1950
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.330 .346

As ¬†you can see, OPP is usually about 10-15 points lower than OBP. So if a player has an OPP that is only a few points lower than his OBP, he’s doing better than average at the things OPP measures but OBP does not (especially reaching on errors and not grounding into double plays). Similarly, if a player has an OPP that is 20-some points below his OBP, he is probably hitting into lots of double-plays and not reaching on many errors.

From the all-time low league OPP (.290 in 1968) to the all-time league high OPP (.333 in 2000), there is a 43-point difference. That means hitters in 2000 were, on average, about 15% better at preventing outs than hitters in 1968. If you want proof that the juiced era of the 90′s and 00′s is over, just look at 2010′s OPP, which is 20 points (6%) off the peak. If that trend continues into 2011, we’ll know for sure that something is different now.

 

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