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How to Calculate Slugging Average Percentage in Baseball

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



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      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
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      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.
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      Then determine, how many times the player has come up to bat. Using the example above, let's presume he batted 10 times.
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      Then, divide the total number of bases reached, by the total 'at bats' and you'll have the slugging percentage.
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      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.

Please Click Here to See How Different Positions Compare When It Comes to Slugging Statistics

Since we are talking about how well different positions compare, what amount the amount of money positions make on average?  Does an outfielder make more than a 2nd baseman?  Are catchers really well paid by comparision to other major league positions?

You'll be surprised at some of the findings. Click Here to Read My Post on How Much Each Position Gets Paid on average during the course of one season.

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