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How to Calculate Slugging Percentage

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Slugging percentage or slugging average as defined is the ratio of the total number of bases reached on base hits to official times at bat for a baseball player. Slugging percentages are often computed up to 3 decimal point. This measures the overall effectiveness and power of a hitter. It’s easier to just compare and compute for home runs but that takes away all the fun out of baseball stats.

How to Calculate a Hitter’s Slugging Percentage

The most difficult part of computing for slugging percentages is how to sort out what counts and is considered as an at-bat and what doesn’t. Anytime a batter is walked, sacrifices – by fly ball or bunt to get a runner to the next base, or by being hit by a pitch, this is not counted as an at-bat. The rest such as a home run or a strikeout will fall under at-bat. To calculate the slugging percentage, you should divide the total number of bases accumulated by a batter and also divide it by the number of at-bats of a hitter. For example, if a hitter hits a home run at first bat and he just started the season, his slugging percentage would be 4.000. That would be 4 bases out of 1 bat. If a hitter makes 3 in a game, his slugging percentage would be 0.333, 1 base at 3 bats.

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