slugging percentage

noun
variants: or less commonly slugging average
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of slugging percentage

baseball
: 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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1892

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