Hughie Jennings holds the record for most times hit by a pitch.
Hughie Jennings holds the record for most times hit by a pitch.

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.

Below is the list of the top 100 Major League Baseball players who have been hit by a pitch the most during their MLB careers.

Hughie Jennings holds the Major League record for most hit by pitches, getting hit 287 times in his career. Craig Biggio (285), Tommy Tucker (272), Don Baylor (267), Jason Kendall (254), Ron Hunt (243), Dan McGann (230), and Chase Utley (204) are the only other players to be hit by 200 or more pitches during their careers.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career hit batsmen. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2021 HBP) Number of times hit by pitch during the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
HBP Total career times hit by pitch.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List

Anthony Rizzo, the active leader and tied for 13th all-time in being hit by pitches
Anthony Rizzo, the active leader and tied for 13th all-time in being hit by pitches
Rank Player (2021 HBP) HBP
1 Hughie Jennings * 287
2 Craig Biggio * 285
3 Tommy Tucker 272
4 Don Baylor 267
5 Jason Kendall 254
6 Ron Hunt 243
7 Dan McGann 230
8 Chase Utley 204
9 Frank Robinson * 198
10 Minnie Miñoso 192
11 Jake Beckley * 183
12 Jason Giambi 180
13 Andrés Galarraga 178
Anthony Rizzo (23) 178
15 Alex Rodriguez 176
16 Curt Welch 173
17 Carlos Delgado 172
18 Derek Jeter * 170
19 Kid Elberfeld 165
20 Fernando Viña 157
21 Brady Anderson 154
Fred Clarke * 154
23 Shin-Soo Choo 152
24 Chet Lemon 151
25 Jose Guillen 145
26 David Eckstein 143
Carlton Fisk * 143
28 Nellie Fox * 142
29 Art Fletcher 141
30 Bill Dahlen 140
31 Chuck Knoblauch 139
32 Larry Walker * 138
33 Frank Chance * 137
34 Gary Sheffield 135
35 Dummy Hoy 134
Reed Johnson 134
Nap Lajoie * 134
John McGraw * 134
Rickie Weeks Jr. 134
40 Starling Marte (13) 133
41 Steve Brodie 132
Damion Easley 132
43 Brian Downing 129
Willie Keeler * 129
A. J. Pierzynski 129
46 Jeff Bagwell * 128
47 Carlos Quentin 127
Aramis Ramírez 127
Scott Rolen 127
50 Aaron Rowand 126
Rank Player (2021 HBP) HBP
51 Jeff Kent 125
Honus Wagner * 125
53 Prince Fielder 124
Matt Holliday 124
55 Derek Dietrich (0) 123
56 Miguel Tejada 122
57 Alex Gordon 121
58 Buck Herzog 120
59 Melvin Mora 117
Kurt Suzuki (11) 117
61 Jimmy Dykes 115
Sherm Lollar 115
63 Frankie Crosetti 114
Bill Freehan 114
65 Albert Pujols (5) 113
66 Carlos Gómez 112
Josh Willingham 112
68 Andre Dawson * 111
Steve Evans 111
Luis Gonzalez 111
Mark Teixeira 111
72 George Burns 110
Jon Jay (0) 110
74 Sherry Magee 109
Manny Ramírez 109
76 David DeJesus 108
Bill Joyce 108
Mo Vaughn 108
79 Jason LaRue 107
Russell Martin 107
Pete Rose 107
Wally Schang 107
83 Barry Bonds 106
84 José Abreu (22) 105
Dan Brouthers * 105
Edwin Encarnación (0) 105
Mark Grudzielanek 105
Justin Turner (12) 105
89 Paul Konerko 104
Kevin Youkilis 104
91 Vladimir Guerrero * 103
Adam Jones 103
Tris Speaker * 103
94 Orlando Cepeda * 102
Juan Pierre 102
96 Henry Larkin 101
Plácido Polanco 101
98 Elmer Flick * 99
Bucky Harris * 99
Eddie Yost 99

Notes

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

See also