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 Grote was an All-Star in 1968 and 1974 and finished among the National League’s top five catchers in fielding percentage seven times, including a No. 1 ranking in 1975. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Even before their soggy series finale against the Cubs (6-3), the team’s seven errors left them ranked 17th in the majors in fielding percentage. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2024 The Razorbacks rank 115th nationally in team batting average (.283), 13th in fielding percentage (.981) and 84th in scoring (7.5 runs per game). Bob Holt,, 4 Apr. 2024 The Gold Glove goes to the top position player with the best fielding percentage for their respective position in the region. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2023 Oregon State leads the nation in fielding percentage (.989). oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 In his 10 appearances behind the plate, Diaz has a perfect fielding percentage and has thrown out six runners attempting to steal, third-most among American League catchers. James Mueller, Chron, 11 May 2023 The league-wide fielding percentage of .986 through Tuesday’s games is the highest in the sport’s history, but that may not be the best indicator. Steve Megargee, oregonlive, 6 July 2023 Silva, a three-time captain, finished last season with a .993 fielding percentage, threw 11 runners out, and picked off six more. Cam Kerry,, 4 Apr. 2023

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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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“Fielding percentage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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