List of Major League Baseball career hit batsmen leaders
In baseball, hit by pitch (HBP) is a situation in which a batter or his clothing or equipment (other than his bat) is struck directly by a pitch from the pitcher; the batter is called a hit batsman (HB). A hit batsman is awarded first base, provided that (in the plate umpire's judgment) he made an honest effort to avoid the pitch, although failure to do so is rarely called by an umpire. Being hit by a pitch is often caused by a batter standing too close to, or "crowding", home plate.
Gus Weyhing (277) holds the dubious record of most hit batsmen in a career. Chick Fraser (219), Pink Hawley (210), and Walter Johnson (205) are the only other pitchers to hit 200 or more batters in their careers.
|Rank||Rank amongst leaders in career hit batsmen. A blank field indicates a tie.|
|Player (2016 HBP)||Number of batters hit during the 2016 Major League Baseball season|
|HBP||Total career batters hit|
|*||Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Bold||Denotes active player.[note 1]
- Stats are updated through July 16, 2016
|Rank||Player (2016 HBP)||HBP|
|4||Walter Johnson *||205|
|5||Randy Johnson *||190|
|Eddie Plank *||190|
|9||Joe McGinnity *||179|
|11||Clark Griffith *||171|
|12||Cy Young *||161|
|13||Jim Bunning *||160|
|15||Nolan Ryan *||158|
|16||Vic Willis *||156|
|17||Bert Blyleven *||155|
|19||Don Drysdale *||154|
|25||A. J. Burnett||143|
|Pedro Martínez *||141|
|31||Chan Ho Park||138|
|Greg Maddux *||137|
|38||Kid Nichols *||129|
|Phil Niekro *||123|
- A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.