slugging percentage

noun
variants: or less commonly slugging average

Definition of slugging percentage

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

Examples of slugging percentage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Orioles ranked seventh in the majors in slugging percentage through Wednesday, at .450, but also had the most sacrifice bunts, with 13 (six teams, including the Yankees, had none). Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Orioles Looked Done. Now They’re Threatening the Yankees’ Playoff Plans.," 11 Sep. 2020 DH Nelson Cruz leads the majors in OPS (1.117), slugging percentage (.685) and home runs (15). Star Tribune, "Series preview: Twins vs. Cleveland," 10 Sep. 2020 Their catching corps, led by Austin Hedges, was hitting .146 with a .228 on-base percentage and .291 slugging percentage. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'We're the most exciting team in baseball': With Mike Clevinger trade on deadline day, Padres ready for a run," 31 Aug. 2020 Santander hit for decent power off fastballs in 2019, with half of his 20 home runs a season ago coming off heaters and a .503 slugging percentage on the pitch. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "The Orioles’ Anthony Santander is ‘just on fire.’ Here are five stats that stand out in his breakout season.," 19 Aug. 2020 Grossman entered Friday leading the A’s in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (1.066). Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Stephen Piscotty’s grand slam keys ninth-inning comeback in A’s 8-7 win over Giants," 14 Aug. 2020 Again, the BombaSquad is 22nd in slugging percentage. Star Tribune, "Twins not expected to make a splash on trade deadline day," 31 Aug. 2020 The Cubs will send the Diamondbacks a player to be named or cash in return for Chafin, 30, who has limited left-handed batters to a .230 average and .310 slugging percentage over 6½ seasons with the Diamondbacks. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs trade for Andrew Chafin, a left-handed reliever from the Diamondbacks, at the deadline," 31 Aug. 2020 The Padres may lead the majors with an .836 OPS (on-base-plus-slugging percentage), but their DHs are hitting just .205 this season with .574 OPS. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'We're the most exciting team in baseball': With Mike Clevinger trade on deadline day, Padres ready for a run," 31 Aug. 2020

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Slugging percentage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slugging%20percentage. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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