# Calculate Slugging Average Percentage in Baseball

A really neat statistic in baseball is the slugging average / percentage. It gives hitters credit for the amount of extra bases they hit over the course of the season. Basically, it measures how much of a 'slugger' a player is. Read on to learn how to Calculate Slugging Average Percentage in Baseball

Difficulty:
Easy

## Instructions

• 1
First, you need to determine how many bases a player has reached for each at bat. A single equals one (1) base. A double two (2) bases, a triple equals three (3) bases and a home run equals four (4) bases
• 2
Take the amount of bases a player has reached during the course of the season and total them together. For example, if a player batted 10 times with two singles, one triple and seven strike outs, he would have reached a total of 5 bases. 1 (single) + 1 (single) + 3 (triple) = 5 bases.
• 3
Then determine, how many times the player has come up to bat. Using the example above, let's presume he batted 10 times.
• 4
Then, divide the total number of bases reached, by the total 'at bats' and you'll have the slugging percentage.
• 5
In this case you would divide 5 by 10 for a slugging average/percentage of .500 (5/10=.500 slugging average)

So, how well do the various positions in Major League Baseball rank in slugging percentage ?  Do shortstops hit the long ball better than 2nd basemen?  Do right fielders on average out-do the 1st basemen in hitting ability?  Check out the post I wrote (linked) below to see how slugging percentate differs (widely) from one position to another.