slugging percentage

noun

variants or less commonly slugging average
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That said, there are arguments to be made in favor of the other free agents over Bogaerts, whose slugging percentage has dropped in each of the last three years and whose future at short has been questioned for his entire professional career. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Nov. 2022 Atlanta is 75-32 since June 1, with a rotation yielding a 3.35, .227 batting average and .355 slugging percentage – third-best in MLB. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2022 In his second season at Vanderbilt, Vaz batted .280 with a .402 on-base average and .490 slugging percentage with 14 doubles, two triples and five home runs among his 44 hits. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 19 July 2022 Trout has always crushed breaking balls in the zone, with a major league-leading .866 slugging percentage on such pitches since the start of the 2018 season. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 To that point, the Padres’ slugging percentage at home ranks 28th in baseball. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2022 His slider was particularly involved in that success, holding hitters to a .194 average and .215 slugging percentage. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 31 Jan. 2022 Ramos was third in the Sox organization in RBIs, fifth in homers, sixth in hits (123) and total bases (210), eighth in runs and slugging percentage and tied for ninth in extra-base hits (42). Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 The Astros have the fifth-best team slugging percentage in MLB play at .423. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 5 Nov. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slugging%20percentage. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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