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Encyclopedia > On base plus slugging

In baseball statistics, on-base plus slugging (denoted by OPS) is defined by the sum of on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG). As with many sports, and perhaps even more so, statistics are very important to baseball. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, slugging percentage (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ...


This statistic combines both the ability of a player to get on-base (OBP) and the player's power-hitting ability (SLG). It is very popular in measuring the offensive worth of a player since it is easy to calculate and has a strong positive correlation, at the team level, with runs per game.


An OPS of .800 or higher puts the player in the upper echelon of offensive ability. Barry Bonds has a career OPS of 1.054 as of the start of the 2005 MLBseason. Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is a professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants; he is most famous for his home run hitting. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ...


As of June 2005, the OPS leader of the National League was Derek Lee (1B) of Chicago Cubs with 1.178. The American League OPS Leader with 1.052 was the Baltimore Oriole Brian Roberts (2B). 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... Derek Lee Liberal MP Scarborough-Rouge River LLB, BA Former Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Brian Michael Roberts (born October 9, American baseball player. ...


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On Base Plus Slugging (OPS) All Time Leaders by Baseball Almanac (321 words)
The on base percentage statistic was originally created by Branch Rickey and Allan Roth in the 1950's as a means to measure the percentage of times a player reaches any base.
Slugging Average was developed later and the two were combined to create On Base Plus Slugging.
Note: 1,000 career games played are needed to make this list of the one-hundred (100) greatest on base plus slugging leaders, raw averages are presented in parenthesis to further distinguish the top one-hundred, and a bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season.
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