List of Major League Baseball career bases on balls leaders

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 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 considered a faux pas for a professional player to walk to first base; the batter-runner and any advancing runners normally jog on such a play.[3][4]

Barry Bonds holds the record for being walked the most times in MLB history.

The following table lists the top 100 career base on balls leaders in Major League Baseball history. Since 2007, Barry Bonds holds the record for most career walks drawn with 2,558. Rickey Henderson (2,190), Babe Ruth (2,062), and Ted Williams (2,021) are the only other players to draw more than 2,000 walks in their careers. The active leader in walks is Albert Pujols with 1,331.

KeyEdit

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career walks. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2020 BB) Number of walks drawn during the 2020 Major League Baseball season
BB Total career walks drawn
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

ListEdit

  • Stats updated as of the 2020 season
Rank Player (2020 BB) BB
1 Barry Bonds 2,558
2 Rickey Henderson * 2,190
3 Babe Ruth * 2,062
4 Ted Williams * 2,021
5 Joe Morgan * 1,865
6 Carl Yastrzemski * 1,845
7 Jim Thome * 1,747
8 Mickey Mantle * 1,733
9 Mel Ott * 1,708
10 Frank Thomas * 1,667
11 Eddie Yost 1,614
12 Darrell Evans 1,605
13 Stan Musial * 1,599
14 Pete Rose 1,566
15 Harmon Killebrew * 1,559
16 Chipper Jones * 1,512
17 Lou Gehrig * 1,508
18 Mike Schmidt * 1,507
19 Eddie Collins * 1,499
20 Bobby Abreu 1,476
21 Gary Sheffield 1,475
22 Willie Mays * 1,464
23 Jimmie Foxx * 1,452
24 Eddie Mathews * 1,444
25 Frank Robinson * 1,420
26 Wade Boggs * 1,412
27 Hank Aaron * 1,402
28 Jeff Bagwell * 1,401
29 Dwight Evans 1,391
30 Tris Speaker * 1,381
31 Reggie Jackson * 1,375
32 Jason Giambi 1,366
33 Rafael Palmeiro 1,353
34 Willie McCovey * 1,345
Rank Player (2020 BB) BB
35 Alex Rodriguez 1,338
36 Todd Helton 1,335
37 Eddie Murray * 1,333
38 Albert Pujols (9) 1,331
39 Tim Raines * 1,330
40 Manny Ramirez 1,329
41 David Ortiz 1,319
Tony Phillips 1,319
43 Adam Dunn 1,317
Mark McGwire 1,317
45 Ken Griffey, Jr. * 1,312
46 Fred McGriff 1,305
47 Luke Appling * 1,302
48 Edgar Martínez * 1,283
49 Al Kaline * 1,277
50 John Olerud 1,275
51 Ken Singleton 1,263
52 Jack Clark 1,262
53 Rusty Staub 1,255
54 Ty Cobb * 1,249
55 Willie Randolph 1,243
56 Jimmy Wynn 1,224
57 Joey Votto (34) 1,217
58 Dave Winfield * 1,216
59 Pee Wee Reese * 1,210
60 Lance Berkman 1,201
61 Richie Ashburn * 1,198
62 Brian Downing 1,197
Lou Whitaker 1,197
64 Chili Davis 1,194
65 Billy Hamilton * 1,189
66 Charlie Gehringer * 1,186
67 Brian Giles 1,183
68 Craig Biggio * 1,160
Rank Player (2020 BB) BB
69 Miguel Cabrera (24) 1,159
70 Donie Bush 1,158
71 Max Bishop 1,156
72 Luis Gonzalez 1,155
73 Toby Harrah 1,153
74 Harry Hooper * 1,136
75 Jimmy Sheckard 1,135
76 Brett Butler 1,129
Cal Ripken Jr. * 1,129
78 Carlos Delgado 1,109
79 Ron Santo * 1,108
80 George Brett * 1,096
81 Paul Molitor * 1,094
82 Lu Blue 1,092
Stan Hack 1,092
84 Paul Waner * 1,091
85 Graig Nettles 1,088
86 Bobby Grich 1,087
87 Carlos Beltrán 1,084
88 Derek Jeter * 1,082
89 Mark Grace 1,075
Bob Johnson 1,075
Robin Ventura 1,075
92 Ozzie Smith * 1,072
93 Harlond Clift 1,070
Keith Hernandez 1,070
95 Bernie Williams 1,069
96 Bill Dahlen 1,064
97 Harold Baines * 1,062
98 Joe Cronin * 1,059
99 Ron Fairly 1,052
100 Billy Williams * 1,045

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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

External linksEdit

  1. ^ rule 2.00
  2. ^ rule 6.00
  3. ^ Bob Carter. "Hustle made Rose respected, infamous". ESPN.
  4. ^ Joe Kay (April 13, 2013). "Pete Rose brought hustle, first hit 50 years ago". philly.com.