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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Among active players with at least 120 plate appearances, Avila ranks last in batting average, slugging percentage (.219) and strikeout percentage (44.6). Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks activate struggling catcher Alex Avila from disabled list," 7 July 2018 However, Vaughn makes his own compelling case with a conference-best .414 average, 23 home runs, 60 RBIs, .848 slugging percentage, 162 total bases and only 16 strikeouts., "High stakes for Oregon State baseball against UCLA; projecting Pac-12 award winners," 24 May 2018 The Pirates have done well against lefties, hitting .264 (seventh in the majors) with a .352 on-base percentage (second) and .478 slugging percentage (second). Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Lauer's two-strike problem; Makita's Petco problem; Renfroe rehab update," 17 May 2018 Before this season, Avila was a career .243 hitter and boasted a career slugging percentage of .401 over parts of nine seasons. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks activate struggling catcher Alex Avila from disabled list," 7 July 2018 Machado, 26, is hitting .206 this season with an on-base percentage of .263 and slugging percentage of .290. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers designate Dixon Machado for assignment," 4 July 2018 Indeed, Cruz has hit safely in 23 of his last 30 games, hitting .336 (37 for 110), with a .413 on-base percentage, a .745 slugging percentage, four doubles, a triple, 13 homers and 30 RBI in that span. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz named the American League player of the week," 25 June 2018 Over his career, Hosmer has an on-base plus slugging percentage of .825 against right-handed pitchers and .693 against lefties. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Maikel Franco, Aaron Hicks headline 2018's bold fantasy baseball predictions," 27 Mar. 2018 Anthony Rizzo, Cubs Jon Tayler: Set your watch to Rizzo, who just cranked out his fourth straight season with an on-base percentage of .386 or better, a slugging percentage above .500, and an OPS+ above 130. Staff,, "SI's Top 100 MLB Players of 2018: Nos. 50–21," 12 Feb. 2018

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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