Babe Ruth, the all-time leader in career slugging percentage.
Babe Ruth, the all-time leader in career slugging percentage.

In baseball statistics, slugging percentage (SLG) is a measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats. Unlike batting average, slugging percentage gives more weight to extra-base hits with doubles, triples, and home runs, relative to singles. Plate appearances ending in walks are specifically excluded from this calculation, as an appearance that ends in a walk is not counted as an at bat.

Babe Ruth is the all-time leader with a career slugging percentage of .6897. Ted Williams (.6338), Lou Gehrig (.6324), Mule Suttles (.6179), Turkey Stearnes (.6165), Oscar Charleston (.6145), Jimmie Foxx (.6093), Barry Bonds (.6069), and Hank Greenberg (.6050) are the only other players with a career slugging percentage over .600.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career slugging percentage. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player Name of the player.
SLG Total career slugging percentage.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List

Ted Williams, second all-time in career slugging percentage.
Ted Williams, second all-time in career slugging percentage.
Rank Player SLG
1 Babe Ruth * .6897
2 Ted Williams * .6338
3 Lou Gehrig * .6324
4 Mule Suttles * .6179
5 Turkey Stearnes * .6165
6 Oscar Charleston * .6145
7 Jimmie Foxx * .6093
8 Barry Bonds .6069
9 Hank Greenberg * .6050
10 Mark McGwire .5882
11 Manny Ramirez .5854
12 Mike Trout .5840
13 Joe DiMaggio * .5788
14 Rogers Hornsby * .5765
15 Larry Walker * .5652
16 Albert Belle .5638
17 Johnny Mize * .5620
18 Juan González .5607
19 Stan Musial * .5591
20 Willie Mays * .5575
21 Mickey Mantle * .5568
22 Frank Thomas * .5549
23 Hank Aaron * .5545
24 Jim Thome * .5541
25 Vladimir Guerrero * .5525
26 David Ortiz * .5515
27 Alex Rodriguez .5502
28 Ralph Kiner * .5479
29 Carlos Delgado .5459
30 Mike Piazza * .5452
31 Hack Wilson * .5447
32 Chuck Klein * .5430
33 Albert Pujols .5419
34 Giancarlo Stanton .5404
35 Jeff Bagwell * .5403
36 Duke Snider * .5397
37 Todd Helton .5391
38 Ken Griffey Jr. * .5378
39 Frank Robinson * .5370
40 Lance Berkman .5369
41 Willie Wells * .5355
42 Al Simmons * .5349
43 Nolan Arenado .5344
44 Sammy Sosa .5338
45 Dick Allen .5336
Earl Averill * .5336
47 Mel Ott * .5331
48 Ryan Braun .5323
49 Babe Herman .5319
Lefty O'Doul .5319
Rank Player SLG
51 Ken Williams .5304
52 Chipper Jones * .5293
53 Willie Stargell * .5286
54 Bryce Harper .5278
55 Paul Goldschmidt .5273
Mike Schmidt * .5273
57 Jim Edmonds .5271
58 Jud Wilson * .5269
59 Miguel Cabrera .5268
60 Chick Hafey * .5261
61 J. D. Martinez .5241
62 Mo Vaughn .5231
63 Wally Berger .5216
Hal Trosky .5216
65 Nomar Garciaparra .5206
66 Harry Heilmann * .5205
67 Dan Brouthers * .5201
68 Kevin Mitchell .5198
69 Mookie Betts .5187
70 Nelson Cruz .5184
71 Charlie Keller .5177
72 Shoeless Joe Jackson .5174
73 Jason Giambi .5164
74 Moisés Alou .5157
Josh Hamilton .5157
76 Edgar Martínez * .5155
77 Ryan Howard .5152
78 Joey Votto .5148
79 Willie McCovey * .5147
80 José Canseco .5145
Rafael Palmeiro .5145
82 Gary Sheffield .5139
83 Trevor Story .5133
84 Ty Cobb * .5117
85 José Abreu .5108
86 Freddie Freeman .5106
87 Ellis Burks .5104
88 Matt Holliday .5102
89 Eddie Mathews * .5094
Mark Teixeira .5094
91 Fred McGriff .5091
92 Jeff Heath .5088
93 Harmon Killebrew * .5085
94 Jose Ramirez .5070
95 Richie Sexson .5069
96 Bob Johnson .5059
Bill Terry * .5059
98 Prince Fielder .5056
99 Darryl Strawberry .5054
100 Sam Thompson * .5053

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

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