List of Major League Baseball career bases on balls allowed leaders

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Nolan Ryan, the all-time leader in batters walked

A base on balls (BB), also known as a walk, occurs in baseball when a batter receives four pitches that the umpire calls balls, and is in turn awarded first base without the possibility of being called out. The base on balls is defined in Section 2.00 of baseball's Official Rules,[1] and further detail is given in 6.08(a).[2] It is, however, considered a faux pas for a professional player to actually walk to first base; the batter-runner and any advancing runners normally jog on such a play.

This is a list of top 100 Major League Baseball pitchers who have allowed the most walks of all time. Nolan Ryan holds the record for walking the most batters in a career with 2,795. Ryan is the only pitcher in MLB history to walk more than 2,000 batters.

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career walks. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2018 BB) Number of batter walked during the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
BB Total career batters walked.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List[edit]

  • Stats updated as of August 7, 2018.
Rank Player (2018 BB) BB
1 Nolan Ryan * 2,795
2 Steve Carlton * 1,833
3 Phil Niekro * 1,809
4 Early Wynn * 1,775
5 Bob Feller * 1,764
6 Bobo Newsom 1,732
7 Amos Rusie * 1,707
8 Charlie Hough 1,665
9 Roger Clemens 1,580
10 Gus Weyhing 1,570
11 Red Ruffing * 1,541
12 Tom Glavine * 1,500
13 Randy Johnson * 1,497
14 Bump Hadley 1,442
15 Warren Spahn * 1,434
16 Earl Whitehill 1,431
17 Tony Mullane 1,408
18 Sad Sam Jones 1,396
19 Jack Morris * 1,390
Tom Seaver * 1,390
21 Gaylord Perry * 1,379
22 Bobby Witt 1,375
23 Mike Torrez 1,371
24 Walter Johnson * 1,363
25 Don Sutton * 1,343
26 Chick Fraser 1,338
27 Bob Gibson * 1,336
28 Chuck Finley 1,332
29 Bert Blyleven * 1,322
30 Sam McDowell 1,312
31 Jim Palmer * 1,311
32 Mark Baldwin 1,307
33 Adonis Terry 1,298
34 Mickey Welch * 1,297
35 Burleigh Grimes * 1,295
36 Mark Langston 1,289
37 Kid Nichols * 1,272
38 Bullet Joe Bush 1,263
39 Joe Niekro 1,262
40 Allie Reynolds 1,261
41 Tommy John 1,259
42 Frank Tanana 1,255
43 Bob Lemon * 1,251
44 Hal Newhouser * 1,249
45 George Mullin 1,238
46 Tim Keefe * 1,233
47 Cy Young * 1,217
48 Red Faber * 1,213
49 Vic Willis * 1,212
50 Ted Breitenstein 1,207
Rank Player (2018 BB) BB
51 Tim Wakefield 1,205
52 Brickyard Kennedy 1,203
53 Jerry Koosman 1,198
54 Tommy Bridges 1,192
55 John Clarkson * 1,191
56 Lefty Grove * 1,187
57 Vida Blue 1,185
58 Billy Pierce 1,178
59 Kenny Rogers 1,175
60 Dennis Martínez 1,165
61 Al Leiter 1,163
62 Mike Moore 1,156
63 Jamie Moyer 1,155
Jack Stivetts 1,155
65 Fernando Valenzuela 1,151
66 David Cone 1,137
67 Bill Hutchinson 1,132
Johnny Vander Meer 1,132
69 Jerry Reuss 1,127
70 Ted Lyons * 1,121
Bucky Walters 1,121
72 Mel Harder 1,118
73 Earl Moore 1,108
74 Bob Buhl 1,105
75 Luis Tiant 1,104
76 A. J. Burnett 1,100
77 Mickey Lolich 1,099
78 Lefty Gomez * 1,095
79 Virgil Trucks 1,088
80 Whitey Ford * 1,086
81 Jim Kaat 1,083
82 Eppa Rixey * 1,082
83 Rick Sutcliffe 1,081
84 Eddie Plank * 1,072
85 Ryan Dempster 1,071
86 Camilo Pascual 1,069
87 Bob Turley 1,068
88 Hooks Dauss 1,067
89 Liván Hernández 1,066
90 Ice Box Chamberlain 1,065
91 Bert Cunningham 1,064
Barry Zito 1,064
93 Curt Simmons 1,063
94 Bill Donovan 1,059
95 Murry Dickson 1,058
96 Jouett Meekin 1,056
97 Vern Kennedy 1,049
98 CC Sabathia (38) 1,047
99 Dizzy Trout 1,046
100 Howard Ehmke 1,042

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Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Rules". Major League Baseball. 
  2. ^ "Official Rules". Major League Baseball.