slugging percentage

variants: or less commonly slugging average

Definition of slugging percentage

: a statistic that reflects a batter's ability to get extra-base hits and that is expressed as a ratio (such as a rate per thousand) of the total number of bases reached on base hits (with one base for a single, two for a double, three for a triple, and four for a home run) to official times at bat He drove in 118 runs, batted .289 and had the highest slugging percentage (.618) in the majors.— Ron Fimrite Quentin finished last week second in the American League in home runs (14), RBIs (48) and slugging percentage (.571) and sixth in on-base percentage (.396).— Jon Heyman The 28-year-old reached career-best figures in runs, RBIs, doubles (35), home runs (23) and slugging average (.505).— Jim Allen

Examples of slugging percentage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Acquired before the July 30 trade deadline from Arizona, Escobar was batting .264 through 47 games with a .338 OBP, .449 slugging percentage, six home runs and 24 RBI. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2021 Mullins ranks in the AL’s top 10 in several traditional stats such as batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, hits, total bases, doubles, triples, extra-base hits and steals. Nathan Ruiz,, 23 Sep. 2021 Those offensive struggles are out of character for San Francisco, which leads the National League in OPS (.770) and slugging percentage (.442) and is second in runs (736). Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021 The speedy Turner, 28, is batting .322 with an .890 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, 18 homers and 49 RBIs in 96 games this season. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2021 That's why the Twins believe that his Ruthian .938 slugging percentage or the fact that he's had hits in 15 of the 17 games he's appeared in is not simply a hot streak. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 His on-base-plus-slugging percentage made similar gains, from .478 to .703. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2021 Arrieta, who allowed a .315 average and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .940 with the Cubs this season, has been worse in a Padres uniform (.353, 1.032). San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 Davis was a two-time All-Star in the 1980s, and his slugging percentage also went up during some of the later years of his career. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of slugging percentage

1892, in the meaning defined above

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15 Oct 2021

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