fielding percentage


: the average (as of a baseball fielder) determined by dividing the number of putouts and assists by the number of chances

called also fielding average

compare batting average

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web During that time, Rojas posted the third-best fielding percentage (.983) among qualified major leaguers at the position. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2023 In 2012, every major-league team—even the awful ones, like my Chicago Cubs—recorded a fielding percentage of at least .980. Joseph T. Hallinan, Discover Magazine, 20 May 2014 Vargas made 203 of his 291 minor league starts at third, committing 44 errors in 523 chances for a .916 fielding percentage. Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2023 The Astros’ sixth-round round pick in 1979 was one of the best-fielding second basemen in franchise history, posting the league’s best fielding percentage as a second baseman in 1987 and 1988. James Yasko, Chron, 31 Jan. 2023 Semien finished with the third-highest fielding percentage (.989) among A.L. second basemen despite logging more innings at the position (1,293) than any other player in the majors. Dallas News, 20 Oct. 2022 The fielding percentage among all major-league baseball teams is just over 98 percent. Joseph T. Hallinan, Discover Magazine, 20 May 2014 Donovan made four errors at third base, two at first base and one at shortstop and had an overall fielding percentage of .982. Mark Inabinett |, al, 1 Nov. 2022 This season, Betts had the third-highest fielding percentage among qualified NL right fielders and was tied for fourth in assists with eight (his most from right field since 2019). Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fielding percentage was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Fielding percentage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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