Slugging percentageWhen two player have the same or almost the same batting average you might use the slugging percentage (SLG) to determine which player is better: This percentage is calculated by using the following formula: SLG = (Total bases)/(Number of official at bats) Total bases refer to number of bases covered Home run = 4 bases Triple = 3 bases Double = 2 bases Single = 1 base The higher the percentage, the better the player. When the percentage is high, it means that the player has hit the ball farther or better resulting in getting to more bases or home runs However, a factor that will influence the SLG is the number of outs The more outs, the lower the SLG So, a player can maximize the SLG by increasing the number of bases and decreasing the number of outs When computing this SLG, we usually round decimal answers to three places Example #1: During a baseball game, a player had the following performance: 3 home runs 5 triples 12 doubles 20 singles 40 outs What is the player's slugging percentage? 3 home runs = 3 × 4 = 12 bases. 5 triples = 5 × 3 = 15 12 doubles = 12 × 2 = 24 20 singles = 20 × 1 = 20 Total bases = 12 + 15 + 24 + 20 = 71 Total at bats is found by adding everything shown in bold above Total at bats = 3 + 5 + 12 + 20 + 40 = 80 SLG = (Total bases)/(Number of official at bats) SLG = (71)/(80) SLG = 0.8875 After rounding to three decimals place, we get 0.888 Example #2: During a baseball game, a player had the following performance: 1 home run 6 triples 14 doubles 25 singles 30 outs What is the player's SLG? 1 home run = 1 × 4 = 4 bases. 6 triples = 6 × 3 = 18 14 doubles = 14 × 2 = 28 25 singles = 25 × 1 = 25 Total bases = 4 + 18 + 28 + 25 = 75 Total at bats is found by adding everything shown in bold above Total at bats = 1 + 6 + 14 + 25 + 30 = 76 SLG = (Total bases)/(Number of official at bats) SLG = (75)/(76) SLG = 0.98684 After rounding to three decimals place, we get 0.987 




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