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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But Miami has the fifth-fewest runs in the majors, the least homers in the NL, and rank second to last in slugging percentage. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Philadelphia Phillies 2, Miami Marlins 0," 14 July 2018 Not that Reyes — whose .621 slugging percentage leads all Padres minor leaguers — didn’t have his moments. Jeff Sanders,, "Padres' Franmil Reyes savoring teachable moments," 13 July 2018 Entering Tuesday, Gennett ranked second in the National League with a .322 batting average and 12th in slugging percentage (.509). Bobby Nightengale,, "How Scooter Gennett transformed from a Cincinnati Reds waiver claim into an All-Star," 10 July 2018 Her fielding percentage was at .930 and her slugging percentage checked in a 1.431. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Stratford's Georgia Clark is All-Greater Houston Softball Hitter of the Year," 5 July 2018 Through the first game of the Oilmen’s Sunday doubleheader against Joliet, Montgomery was leading the team in home runs (five), RBIs (23), hits (26) and slugging percentage (.644). Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Deal maker: Nate Montgomery puts up big power, sales numbers for Northwest Indiana Oilmen," 1 July 2018 Still, Stanton’s 2018 output remains short of expectations, and his on-base-plus-slugging percentage going into Saturday’s game was .798, which stood just 34th in the American League. David Waldstein, New York Times, "The Yankees’ Gary Sanchez Learns That All’s Fair on a Foul Pop," 16 June 2018 Her batting average led the 4A, and her slugging percentage of 1.641 was the second highest in the state, across all conferences. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "American Family Insurance All-USA Arizona High School Softball Player of the Year nominees," 7 June 2018 In his last seven seasons, his on-base plus slugging percentage climbed above last year’s major league average of .719 just once. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Ichiro Suzuki: The last of his kind in home run era," 3 May 2018

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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