fielding percentage


Definition of 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

Examples of fielding percentage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chapman leads major-league third basemen in fielding percentage and total chances. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep. 2021 The Ducks ranked in the top four of the Pac-12 in numerous statistics, including second in on-base percentage and fielding percentage and third in batting average. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 28 July 2021 Tyler Stephenson now leads the league in fielding percentage with zero errors in 448 1/3 innings, entering Sunday. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 22 Aug. 2021 Oregon State leads the Pac-12 in ERA (3.32), strikeouts (503), hits allowed (349) and fielding percentage (.982). Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 22 May 2021 Cabrera has played 28 games at first base this season, making just one error in 226 chances — good for a .996 fielding percentage. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 2021 Hughes’ fielding percentage nevertheless remains very high. Phil Rosenthal,, 26 June 2021 Entering Friday’s game against the Angels in Anaheim, the A’s ranked seventh in the American League in fielding percentage at .984. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 May 2021 The defense ranked first in assists (263), second in double plays (20) and third in fielding percentage (.977). Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of fielding percentage

1822, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2021

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“Fielding percentage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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