List of Major League Baseball career wild pitches leaders

In baseball, a wild pitch (abbreviated WP) is charged against a pitcher when his pitch is too high, too short, or too wide of home plate for the catcher to control with ordinary effort, thereby allowing a baserunner, perhaps even the batter-runner on an uncaught third strike, to advance. A wild pitch usually passes the catcher behind home plate, often allowing runners on base an easy chance to advance while the catcher chases the ball down. Sometimes the catcher may block a pitch, and the ball may be nearby, but the catcher has trouble finding the ball, allowing runners to advance.

Tony Mullane is the all-time leader in wild pitches with 343 career. Mullane is also the only player to throw more than 300 career wild pitches.

Tony Mullane baseball card
Tony Mullane, the all-time leader in wild pitches.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career wild pitches thrown. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 WP) Number of wild pitches thrown during the 2019 Major League Baseball season.
WP Total career wild pitches thrown.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List

Félix Hernández on May 11, 2011
Félix Hernández, the active leader and tied for 33rd all-time in wild pitches.
  • Stats updated as of June 24, 2019.
Rank Player (2019 WP) WP
1 Tony Mullane 343
2 Nolan Ryan * 277
3 Mickey Welch * 274
4 Bobby Mathews 253
5 Tim Keefe * 240
Gus Weyhing 240
7 Phil Niekro * 226
8 Mark Baldwin 221
Pud Galvin * 221
Will White 221
11 Charles Radbourn * 214
Jim Whitney 214
13 Jack Morris * 206
Adonis Terry 206
15 Matt Kilroy 203
16 George Bradley 189
17 Tommy John 187
18 Steve Carlton * 183
19 John Clarkson * 182
20 Charlie Hough 179
Toad Ramsey 179
22 Hardie Henderson 178
23 Charlie Buffinton 174
24 Joe Niekro 172
25 Kid Nichols 169
26 A. J. Burnett 161
Bert Cunningham 161
28 Jim McCormick 160
Gaylord Perry * 160
30 Egyptian Healy 159
31 Red Ames 156
Cy Young * 156
33 Félix Hernández (3) 154
Walter Johnson * 154
35 Amos Rusie 153
36 Jersey Bakley 152
Silver King 152
38 Ice Box Chamberlain 149
David Cone 149
40 Ed Crane 146
Chick Fraser 146
42 John Smoltz * 145
43 John Montgomery Ward * 144
44 Tommy Bond 143
Roger Clemens 143
46 Sam McDowell 140
47 Jack Lynch 138
48 Ed Seward 136
49 Jumbo McGinnis 135
Mike Moore 135
Rank Player (2019 WP) WP
51 Tim Wakefield 134
52 John Harkins 133
53 Chuck Finley 130
54 Bob Caruthers 129
55 Guy Hecker 128
Jim Kaat 128
Bobby Witt 128
58 Tom Seaver * 126
59 John Lackey 125
60 Mickey Lolich 124
Jim Maloney 124
62 Bill Hutchinson 123
63 Hank O'Day * 122
64 Orel Hershiser 121
Jouett Meekin 121
66 Tom Candiotti 120
Jack Stivetts 120
68 Larry Cheney 119
Tony Cloninger 119
Dave Stewart 119
Frank Tanana 119
Fernando Valenzuela 119
73 Joe Coleman 118
74 Al Mays 116
75 Christy Mathewson * 115
76 Bert Blyleven * 114
77 Larry Corcoran 113
78 Tom Gordon 112
Lindy McDaniel 112
Ed Morris 112
Don Sutton * 112
82 Charlie Getzien 111
83 Randy Johnson * 109
Hideo Nomo 109
85 Kevin Brown 108
Bob Gibson * 108
87 Bob Barr 107
Mark Gubicza 107
Tim Lincecum 107
Jerry Reuss 107
James Shields (0) 107
92 Kevin Appier 106
93 Juan Guzmán 105
Edwin Jackson (3) 105
Mike Morgan 105
96 Larry Dierker 104
Al Spalding * 104
98 Vida Blue 103
Red Ehret 103
Mike Torrez 103

Notes

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

References

A. J. Burnett

Allan James Burnett (born January 3, 1977), is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies for 17 seasons.

The New York Mets drafted Burnett in the eighth round of the 1995 MLB draft, out of Central Arkansas Christian School in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where he helped lead the team to back-to-back state championships. The Mets traded him to the Marlins, and Burnett made his MLB debut in 1999. He signed with the Blue Jays as a free agent, before the 2006 season, and with the Yankees before the 2009 season. The Yankees traded Burnett to the Pirates before the 2012 season. After two years in Pittsburgh, he signed with the Phillies, where he played one season, before rejoining the Pirates for his final season.Burnett recorded a no-hitter in a complete game shutout in 2001, despite walking 9 batters. He led the National League (NL) in shutouts in 2002, and the American League (AL) in strikeouts in 2008. Burnett was a member of the 2009 World Series champion Yankees. He was selected for the NL roster for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.

Kevin Brown (right-handed pitcher)

James Kevin Brown (born March 14, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He played from 1986 to 2005, leading the American League in wins once and leading the National League in earned run average twice. He was also a six-time All-Star.

Tony Mullane

Anthony John "Tony" Mullane (January 20, 1859 – April 25, 1944), nicknamed "Count" and "The Apollo of the Box", was an Irish Major League Baseball player who pitched for seven teams during his 13-season career. He is best known as a pitcher that could throw left-handed and right-handed, and for having one of the highest career win totals of pitchers not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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