slugging percentage


variants or less commonly slugging average
: 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 Against all four-seamers, the Dodgers entered Wednesday ranked in the middle of the pack in the majors: 20th in batting average (.290), 15th in slugging percentage (.412) and 14th in whiff rate (21.4%). Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 The sample size is too small to be conclusive, but Wisely’s average exit velocity (88.9 mph), expected batting average (.280), and expected slugging percentage (.427) are among the metrics that are up. Justice Delos Santos, The Mercury News, 1 June 2024 His lifetime slugging percentage of .718 will surpass Babe Ruth’s .690. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 29 May 2024 Gibson also now ranks No. 1 in MLB history in slugging percentage (.718) and OPS (1.177) passing Babe Ruth. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for slugging percentage 

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slugging percentage was in 1892

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“Slugging percentage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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