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

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Prince Fielder holds the highest first-half slugging percentage in Brewers history at .620, so if Aguilar stays hot, that number will be his. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "By the numbers: The all-star candidacy of Jesus Aguilar (and why he should totally make the NL team)," 9 July 2018 As a refresher, OPS+ is a metric that takes a player’s on-base percentage and slugging percentage and weighs them against league-wide performance so that 100 is the average. David Murphy,, "The Phillies need another starter. Could he be pitching tonight? | David Murphy," 10 July 2018 At the time this was written, the Atlanta Braves were second in runs scored, second in team batting average, third in on-base percentage and third in slugging percentage. Lee Judge Special To The Star, kansascity, "Launch-angle revolution? Without exit velocity, those fly balls are outs," 6 July 2018 Kemp has been their most reliable hitter in a season rutted with batting slumps and injuries, carrying them at the plate with his .311 batting average, .351 on-base percentage, .539 slugging percentage and team-leading 47 runs batted in. Helene Elliott,, "Matt Kemp's game — and his life — have been on the upswing since his return to the Dodgers," 27 June 2018 Peralta and Marte have also kept pace with Goldschmidt in the power department, as both rank in the top 10 in slugging percentage and isolated power in June. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Red-hot Paul Goldschmidt has led Diamondbacks offense to power surge in June," 16 June 2018 Herdman, a Butler recruit, had a .488 average, .510 on-base percentage and .988 slugging percentage this season. Rich Mayor,, "Neuqua Valley's Zoe Herdman is the 2018 Naperville Sun Softball Player of the Year," 16 June 2018 Image The most potent offense in baseball is about to get even stronger Saturday, when the Yankees — who lead the major leagues in home runs, slugging percentage and runs — will get first baseman Greg Bird back. New York Times, "Greg Bird Is Rejoining the Yankees, Carrying Yet Another Bat," 25 May 2018 Martin Prado’s on-base plus slugging percentage in the eight games since returning from a strained right hamstring. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0," 14 July 2018

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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