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Baseball Fielding Percentage

The Fielding Percentage or the Fielding Average of a Baseball is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player properly handles a batted or thrown ball. It is calculated by the sum of putouts and assists divided by the number of total chances(putouts + assists + errors). The First Known Use of Fielding Percentage was done in the year 1972.

Baseball Fielding Percentage

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    Formula

    FP = (Number of assists + Number of putouts) / (Number of chances)

    Where,
    Number of chances = Number of assists + Number of putouts + Number of errors

    In order to qualify for the league lead in fielding percentage, an infielder or outfielder must appear at the specific position in at least two-thirds of his team's games (games in the outfield are not separated by position). A catcher must appear in at least half his team's games. A pitcher must pitch at least one inning for each of his team's scheduled games (however, a pitcher with fewer innings may qualify if they have more total chances and a higher average). In order to qualify for major league career records for fielding average, a player must appear in 1000 games at the position; pitchers must have at least 1500 innings. The MLB record for team fielding percentage is currently held by the 2007 Colorado Rockies with a .98925 fielding percentage.

    Example:
    Calculate the FP for the given details.
    Number of Assists = 2
    Number of Putouts = 5
    Number of Errors = 3

    Solution:
    Apply formula:
    FP = (Number of assists + Number of putouts) / (Number of chances)
    FP = 0.700