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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In 103 games, Panik was hitting .235 with a .310 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage, and his .627 OPS was a career low. John Shea,, "Giants cut Joe Panik, second baseman on 2014 champs," 6 Aug. 2019 Mancini, 27, entered the contest with career highs in on-base percentage and slugging percentage and on track to easily set career highs in home runs, doubles and runs scored. Nathan Ruiz,, "Trey Mancini hopeful to remain with Orioles through Wednesday’s trade deadline," 30 July 2019 The 2017 Astros ranked first in the majors in slugging percentage and last in strikeouts. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Astros Offer Yankees a Potential Glimpse of the Postseason," 23 June 2019 Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Mississippi State are the SEC's top three teams in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and runs scored. Creg Stephenson |,, "College World Series 2019: Auburn vs. Mississippi State live stream, time, TV channel," 16 June 2019 Haring started 47 games, batting .325 with a .381 on-base percentage and .545 slugging percentage while scoring 43 runs. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy grad Haring finishes Baylor baseball career with a bang," 10 June 2019 Chapman, the 2018 Gold Glove winner at third base, is third in the AL in extra base hits (50) and slugging percentage (.554), fifth in total bases (196). Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "A’s Matt Chapman exits game vs. Seattle Mariners," 17 July 2019 Not that Urias’ career-best .595 slugging percentage to date is simply dismissed as a top-10 mark in a hitter-friendly league. Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Player evaluation more than a numbers game in Pacific Coast League," 9 July 2019 During that span, the Marlins ranked 29th in batting average (.218), last in on-base percentage (.281), last in slugging percentage (.354) and last in runs per game (2.56). Wells Dusenbury,, "Midseason breakdown — What went wrong for the Marlins in the first half," 9 July 2019

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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