If you’re a fan of the popular video game franchise Call of Duty, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve come across the word “ops” before — especially if you’re particularly fond of the iconic Black Ops series. Still, what does “ops” mean?
Read on as we explore the word ops to uncover its definition, origin, and more.
What Is the Definition of OPS?
When used in a military, business, police, or gaming context, the word OPS usually means “operations,” but this isn’t the only definition behind our word of the day. In fact, the term “OPS” has a few meanings:
- According to the Collins Dictionary, the word ops refers to the wife of Saturn and the Roman goddess of abundance and fertility (the counterpart of Ancient Asia Minor’s Cybele Greece’s Rhea) in Roman mythology.
- When used in terms of baseball, Your Dictionary says “ops” means on-base (percentage) plug slugging (percentage).
- The Macmillan Dictionary defines ops as the organization of planned activities involving a lot of people — especially military activities.
After reviewing these dictionary definitions, we can conclude that the word “ops” may refer to a few things, including as Roman mythology and baseball. Ops is also slang for “opposition.”
How Is OPS Calculated in Baseball?
To obtain a player’s OPS, we need to include other statistics and as you may have guessed, what we need is already in the acronym itself — On-Base (percentage) plus Slugging (percentage).
First, let’s take a deeper look at these two statistics:
- OBP (On-Base Percentage) is a straight and to the point statistic. OBP is calculated no matter the circumstance: Did the player get hit at the plate? Were they able to get a base hit? Was the pitcher forced to walk them?
None of these questions truly matter for on-base percentage. No matter the circumstance, it’s calculated in their OBP if a player makes it on base.
- SLG (Slugging average/percentage) — Slugging percentage or average is a formula that looks at the number of hits and the quality. SLG utilizes not only how many hits a player obtains but also looks at how many bases they achieved each at-bat.
For instance, if a player has one at-bat and hits a single, that player would have an SLG of 1.000. On the other hand, if a player were to hit a home run at a single at-bat, their SLG would be 4.000.
Now that we have gone into the nitty-gritty of these two stats, you may be wondering how OPS is calculated. It’s easy! Just add the player’s OBP and SLG. The goal of an OPS is simply to get the full picture of an individual’s ability to hit the ball.
What Are Other Commonly Used Baseball Statistics?
- AB — At bat
- HR — Homerun
- IBB — Intentional walk
- XBH — Extra base hit
- G — Games played
- LOB — Left on base
- HBP — Hit by pitch
- IBB — Intentional walk
- OBP — On-base percentage
- PA — Plate appearance
- GO/AO — Ground out to air out ration
- BB — Walk
- WO — Walk-off
- AVG — Batting average
- GSH — Grand slam
- SLG — Slugging percentage or Slugging average
- SB — Stolen base
- TB — Total bases
- 3B — Triple
- SB% — Stolen base percentage
- GIDP — Ground into double play
- CS — Caught stealing
- 2B — Double
- ROE — Reached on error
- R — Run
- 1B — Single
- SF — Sacrifice fly
- SH — Sacrifice bunt
- RBI — Runs batted in
Who Holds the Career Record for OPS in the MLB?
Wondering who holds the record for career OPS? We’ve got you covered. While New York Yankees player Babe Ruth may have been an easy guess for first place, read on below to see who else is in the top 15 for career OPS in Major League Baseball:
- Babe Ruth — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.1636 with 10626 Plate Appearances
- Ted William — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.1155 with 9792 Plate Appearances
- Lou Gehrig — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.0798 with 9665 Plate Appearances
- Oscar Charleston — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.0632 with 3920 Plate Appearances
- Barry Bonds — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.0512 with 12606 Plate Appearances
- Jimmie Fox — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.0376 with 9677 Plate Appearances
- Turkey Stearnes — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.0335 with 4291 Plate Appearances
- Mule Suttles — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.0288 with 3649 Plate Appearances
- Hank Greenberg — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.0169 with 6098 Plate Appearances
- Roger Hornsby — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.0103 with 9481 Plate Appearances
- Mike Trout — On-Base Plus Slugging 1.0055 with 5823 Plate Appearances
- Manny Ramirez — On-Base Plus Slugging .9960 with 9774 Plate Appearances
- Mark Mcgwire — On-Base Plus Slugging .9823 with 7660 Plate Appearances
- Mickey Mantle — On-Base Plus Slugging .9773 with 9910 Plate Appearances
- Joe Dimaggio — On-Base Plus Slugging .9971 with 7672 Plate Appearances
Does OPS Mean Anything Else?
As a matter of fact, OPS has a few potential meanings. The acronym OPS also stands for:
- Office of Public Safety
- Optical Picture Stabilization
- Operations Provisioning System
- Office Printing Solutions
- Office of Pipeline Safety
- Online Printing Service
- Oil Pressure Switch
- Office of Price Stabilization
- Omaha Public Schools
- Stock Options
- Operator Status (IRC)
- Optional Pension Scheme
- Online Profile System
- Occasional Papers Series
- Output Switch
- Office of Prosecution Services
Our word of the day has a few meanings. More often than not, OPS is used to refer to a statistic that combines a hitter’s on-base percentage and slugging percentage in baseball.