Fielding Percentage

Over the past few videos, we looked at putouts and assists. While you could certainly use these in comparing two fielders, it is more common to use something called fielding percentage.

Simply due to the nature of the position, first basemen will record many more putouts than a third baseman, but the opposite may be true for assists. Fielding percentages uses both of these statistics, along with errors, to gives us a general idea of good a fielder is.

To figure out fielding percentage, we take Putouts + Assists and divide it by Putouts + Assists + Errors. Sometimes you will hear this later part called total chances.

Now, each position can be compared more accurately—although fielders with a high fielding percentage and a large number of total chances will obviously standout.

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