Slugging percentage

When two players have the same or almost the same batting average you can use the percentage of slugging (PSP) to determine which player is better:

This percentage is calculated using the following formula:

SLG = (total bases) / (number of official at bats)

Total bases designate several bases covered

Home run = 4 bases

Triple = 3 bases

Double = 2 bases

Only = 1 base

The percentage is high, plu player.

When the percentage is high, this means that the player has hit the ball more below or better resulting to more bases or home runs

However, a factor which will influence the PSP is the number of failures

Outs more, less the SLG

Thus, a player can maximize the PSP by increasing the number of bases and decrease the number of failures of

In the calculation of the SLG, we tour usually decimal answers to three locations

Example # 1:

A match of baseball, a player had the following performance:

Home –3 runs

5 triples

double-12

20 singles

40 outs

What is the percentage of the player slugging?

Home-3 runs = 3 × 4 = 12 bases.

5 triples = 5 × 3 = 15

12 double = 12 × 2 = 24

20 singles = 20 × 1 = 20

Total bases = 12 + 15 + 24 + 20 = 71.

Total at bats is found by adding all shown in bold above

Total at bat = 3 + 5 + 12 + 20 + 40 = 80

SLG = (total bases) / (number of official at bats)

SLG = (71) / (80)

SLG = 0.8875

After having doubled to three decimal places, we get 0.888

Example # 2:

A match of baseball, a player had the following performance:

1 home run

6 triples

14 doubles

25 singles

30 outs

What is SLG of the player?

1 home run = 1 × 4 = 4 bases.

6 triple = 6 × 3 = 18

14 double = 14 × 2 = 28

25 singles = 25 × 1 = 25

Total bases = 4 + 18 + 28 + 25 = 75

Total at bats is found by adding all shown in bold above

Total at bat = 1 + 6 + 14 + 25 + 30 = 76

SLG = (total bases) / (number of official at bats)

SLG = (75) / (76)

SLG = 0.98684

After having doubled to three decimal places, we get 0.987

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