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Rashad Eldridge of the Oklahoma Redhawks walks to first base after drawing a base on balls.

A base on balls (BB) is credited to a batter and against a pitcher in baseball statistics when a batter receives four pitches that the umpire calls balls. It is better known as a walk. 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 called a "walk" because the batter is then entitled to walk to first base, or more specifically (as defined in the rules of baseball) he is "entitled to first base without liability to be put out." If a runner is on first base when the batter draws a walk he advances one base to make way for the batter to take first. If there are runners on first and second they both advance one base, and if the bases are loaded all three batters advance, with the runner on third advancing home to score a run. In the latter, bases loaded walk situation, the batter is credited with an RBI per rule 10.04.[3] Image File history File links Merge-arrows. ... In baseball statistics, an intentional base on balls (denoted by IBB), often called an intentional walk, is used in baseball to count the number of times a walk was issued with no intent of ever allowing a hit. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 654 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1317 × 1208 pixel, file size: 384 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Rashad Eldridge of the Oklahoma Redhawks walks to first base after drawing a base on balls. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 654 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1317 × 1208 pixel, file size: 384 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Rashad Eldridge of the Oklahoma Redhawks walks to first base after drawing a base on balls. ... Texas Rangers American League AAA Oklahoma RedHawks AA Frisco RoughRiders A Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians R Arizona Rangers The Oklahoma RedHawks are a minor league baseball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... Statistics are very important to baseball, perhaps as much as they are for cricket, and more than almost any other sport. ... Strike zone boundaries (MLB) Definition In baseball, the strike zone is a conceptual rectangular area over home plate which defines the boundaries through which a pitch must pass in order to count as a strike when the batter does not swing. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Receiving a base on balls does not count as an official at bat for a batter but does count as a plate appearance.[4] In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... In baseball statistics, a player is credited with a plate appearance (denoted by PA) each time he completes a turn batting. ...


A pitcher can also choose to intentionally walk a batter. This is usually done for the purpose of facing a different batter that the team feels they have a better chance of getting out, or to allow a double play possibility if first base is open with less than two outs. In baseball statistics, an intentional base on balls (denoted by IBB), often called an intentional walk, is used in baseball to count the number of times a walk was issued with no intent of ever allowing a hit. ...


A hit by pitch is not counted statistically as a walk, though the effect is the same, with the batter receiving a free pass to first base. In baseball, being hit by a pitch refers to the batter being hit in some part of the body by a pitch from the pitcher. ...

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Walk leaders in Major League Baseball

On July 4, 2004, Barry Bonds drew his 2,191st base on balls to pass the career record of Rickey Henderson, who is no longer active in the major leagues. is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) He is the son of former Major League All-Star Bobby Bonds, cousin of Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, and the godson of Hall of Famer Willie Mays. ... Rickey Henley Henderson (born December 25, 1958) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who is baseballs all-time leader in stolen bases[1] and runs scored. ...


Career

Bold denotes active players. Totals are current through games of August 24, 2007. is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

  1. Barry Bonds - 2,550
  2. Rickey Henderson - 2,190
  3. Babe Ruth - 2,062
  4. Ted Williams - 2,019
  5. Joe Morgan - 1,865
  6. Carl Yastrzemski - 1,845
  7. Mickey Mantle - 1,733
  8. Mel Ott - 1,708
  9. Frank Thomas - 1,615
  10. Eddie Yost - 1,614
  11. Darrell Evans - 1,605
  12. Stan Musial - 1,599

Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) He is the son of former Major League All-Star Bobby Bonds, cousin of Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, and the godson of Hall of Famer Willie Mays. ... Rickey Henley Henderson (born December 25, 1958) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who is baseballs all-time leader in stolen bases[1] and runs scored. ... -1... Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... This article is about the former Major League Baseball player. ... Carl Yastrzemskis number 8 was retired by the Boston Red Sox in 1989 Carl Michael Yaz Yastrzemski (pronounced ), i. ... Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ... Melvin Thomas (Mel) Ott (March 2, 1909 – November 21, 1958), nicknamed Master Melvin, was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career in the National League for the New York Giants (1926-1947). ... Frank Edward Thomas (born May 27, 1968) is an American Major League Baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays. ... Edward Frederick Joseph Yost was a MLB player. ... Darrell Wayne Evans (born May 26, 1947 in Pasadena, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1969 to 1989 with the Atlanta Braves (1969-76, 1989), San Francisco Giants (1976-83) and Detroit Tigers (1984-88). ... Stan Musials number 6 was retired by the St. ...

Season

  1. Barry Bonds (2004) - 232
  2. Barry Bonds (2002) - 198
  3. Barry Bonds (2001) - 177
  4. Babe Ruth (1923) - 170
  5. Mark McGwire (1998) - 162
  6. Ted Williams (1947) - 162
  7. Ted Williams (1949) - 162
  8. Ted Williams (1946) - 156
  9. Barry Bonds (1996) - 151
  10. Eddie Yost (1956) - 151

The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1923 throughout the world. ... Mark David McGwire (born October 1, 1963 in Pomona, California) is a former professional baseball player who played the majority of his major league career with the Oakland Athletics before finishing his final years with the St. ... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1947 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1949 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... September 30 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. ...

References and external links

  1. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/definition_terms_2.jsp
  2. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/batter_6.jsp
  3. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/official_scorer_10.jsp
  4. ^ In 1887, Major League Baseball counted bases on balls as hits. The result was skyrocketed batting averages, including some near .500, and the experiment was abandoned the following season. Current record books do not count walks in 1887 as hits.

Career walks leaders, Baseball-Reference.com
Single-season walks leaders, Baseball-Reference.com The following are the baseball events of the year 1887 throughout the world. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ...


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Intentional base on balls - definition of Intentional base on balls in Encyclopedia (469 words)
In baseball statistics, an intentional base on balls (denoted by IBB), often called an intentional walk, is used in baseball to count the number of times a walk was issued with no intent of ever allowing a hit.
Receiving an intentional base on balls does not count as an official at bat for a batter but does count as a plate appearance, and a base on balls.
When pitching an intentional base on balls, the pitcher will generally throw to an area several feet outside the plate, where it would be physically impossible for the batter to hit the ball.
Base on balls - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (221 words)
In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is credited to a batter and against a pitcher when a batter receives four pitches that the umpire calls balls.
A hit by pitch is not considered a walk, though the consequences are often the same for both.
On July 4, 2004, Barry Bonds drew his 2,191st base on balls to pass the career record of Rickey Henderson, who is no longer active in the major leagues.
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