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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. 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." Receiving a base on balls does not count as an official at bat for a batter but does count as a plate appearance.

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.

A hit by pitch is not considered a walk, though the consequences are often the same for both.

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Walk leaders in Major League Baseball

Bold denotes active players. Totals are through the 2004 season. On July 4, 2004, Barry Bonds drew his 2,191st base on balls to pass the career record of Rickey Henderson, who is no longer active in the major leagues.

Career

  1. Barry Bonds - 2,302
  2. Rickey Henderson - 2,190
  3. Babe Ruth - 2,062
  4. Ted Williams - 2,021
  5. Joe Morgan - 1,865

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); Ted Williams (1947 and 1949) - 162

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