List of Major League Baseball career bases on balls leaders

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

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]

The following table lists the top 100 career base on balls leaders in Major League Baseball history. Barry Bonds holds the record for most career walks drawn with 2,558. Ricky 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 1,261.

Key[edit]

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

List[edit]

  • Stats updated as of June 22, 2018.
Rank Player (2018 BBs) 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 (2018 BBs) BB
35 Alex Rodriguez 1,338
36 Todd Helton 1,335
37 Eddie Murray * 1,333
38 Tim Raines * 1,330
39 Manny Ramirez 1,329
40 David Ortiz 1,319
Tony Phillips 1,319
42 Adam Dunn 1,317
Mark McGwire 1,317
44 Ken Griffey, Jr. * 1,312
45 Fred McGriff 1,305
46 Luke Appling * 1,302
47 Edgar Martínez 1,283
48 Al Kaline * 1,277
49 John Olerud 1,275
50 Albert Pujols (13) 1,264
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 Dave Winfield * 1,216
58 Pee Wee Reese * 1,210
59 Lance Berkman 1,201
60 Richie Ashburn * 1,198
61 Brian Downing 1,197
Lou Whitaker 1,197
63 Chili Davis 1,194
64 Billy Hamilton * 1,189
65 Charlie Gehringer * 1,186
66 Brian Giles 1,183
67 Craig Biggio * 1,160
68 Donie Bush 1,158
Rank Player (2018 BBs) BB
69 Max Bishop 1,156
70 Luis Gonzalez 1,155
71 Toby Harrah 1,153
72 Harry Hooper * 1,136
73 Jimmy Sheckard 1,135
74 Brett Butler 1,129
Cal Ripken Jr. * 1,129
76 Carlos Delgado 1,109
77 Ron Santo * 1,108
78 George Brett * 1,096
79 Paul Molitor * 1,094
80 Lu Blue 1,092
Stan Hack 1,092
82 Paul Waner * 1,091
83 Graig Nettles 1,088
84 Bobby Grich 1,087
85 Miguel Cabrera (21) 1,086
86 Carlos Beltrán 1,084
87 Derek Jeter 1,082
88 Mark Grace 1,075
Bob Johnson 1,075
Robin Ventura 1,075
91 Ozzie Smith * 1,072
92 Harlond Clift 1,070
Keith Hernandez 1,070
94 Bernie Williams 1,069
95 Bill Dahlen 1,064
96 Harold Baines 1,062
97 Joe Cronin * 1,059
98 Ron Fairly 1,052
99 Joey Votto (55) 1,051
100 Billy Williams * 1,045

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

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