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15+ Career WP With WP > One-Tenth Career IP Total

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 10, 2011

Since 1901, how many players have more wild pitches than one-tenth of their career inning pitched total - with at least 15 career wild pitches?

Here is the list -

Rk Player WP IP From To Age G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ HR BF IBB HBP BK Tm
1 Jason Grimsley 96 936.2 1989 2006 21-38 552 72 3 1 127 42 58 .420 4 954 549 496 498 622 4.77 97 83 4208 46 47 2 PHI-CLE-CAL-NYY-KCR-TOT-BAL-ARI
2 Hector Carrasco 85 832.1 1994 2007 24-37 647 10 0 0 207 44 50 .468 19 792 411 370 387 662 4.00 113 69 3649 33 33 7 CIN-TOT-MIN-BAL-WSN-LAA
3 Jack Hamilton 74 611.2 1962 1969 23-30 218 65 8 2 66 32 40 .444 20 597 357 308 348 357 4.53 78 48 2721 30 13 2 PHI-DET-NYM-TOT-CAL
4 Scott Williamson 72 439.1 1999 2007 23-31 344 10 0 0 137 28 28 .500 55 326 180 164 244 510 3.36 137 35 1864 26 14 4 CIN-TOT-BOS-CHC-BAL
5 Jorge Julio 52 467.0 2001 2009 22-30 453 0 0 0 265 17 34 .333 99 437 259 230 233 448 4.43 101 65 2065 21 19 1 BAL-TOT-MIL
6 Mike MacDougal 43 372.2 2001 2011 24-34 381 3 0 0 204 15 23 .395 71 372 196 167 198 308 4.03 112 24 1661 14 25 2 KCR-TOT-CHW-STL-LAD
7 Dwayne Henry 41 334.2 1984 1995 22-33 256 1 0 0 99 14 15 .483 14 298 184 173 216 275 4.65 86 26 1500 22 9 3 TEX-ATL-HOU-CIN-TOT-DET
8 Richie Lewis 37 293.1 1992 1998 26-32 217 4 0 0 53 14 15 .483 2 287 183 159 191 244 4.88 94 45 1350 29 8 6 BAL-FLA-DET-TOT
9 Lowell Palmer 35 316.2 1969 1974 21-26 106 25 2 1 23 5 18 .217 0 302 196 186 202 239 5.29 70 41 1440 18 23 1 PHI-TOT-SDP
10 Toby Borland 33 269.2 1994 2004 25-35 207 0 0 0 54 11 9 .550 8 263 144 125 146 211 4.17 103 23 1217 19 18 0 PHI-TOT-ANA-FLA
11 Santiago Casilla 30 246.1 2004 2011 24-31 233 0 0 0 62 15 7 .682 6 232 116 109 125 218 3.98 106 23 1086 16 12 0 OAK-SFG
12 John Rocker 29 255.1 1998 2003 23-28 280 0 0 0 176 13 22 .371 88 200 115 97 164 332 3.42 132 23 1130 17 12 4 ATL-TOT-TEX-TBD
13 Ed Correa 29 282.2 1985 1987 19-21 52 48 4 2 3 16 19 .457 0 261 174 162 189 260 5.16 85 34 1276 4 7 2 CHW-TEX
14 Denny Bautista 25 223.1 2004 2010 21-27 131 21 0 0 25 11 15 .423 0 246 154 146 131 180 5.88 77 21 1033 7 16 2 TOT-KCR-COL-PIT-SFG
15 David Robertson 24 181.0 2008 2011 23-26 183 0 0 0 44 13 6 .684 2 154 71 67 97 241 3.33 132 12 788 13 4 3 NYY
16 Chad Fox 24 228.0 1997 2009 26-38 219 0 0 0 50 10 12 .455 6 197 103 96 134 262 3.79 115 22 1015 12 9 2 ATL-MIL-TOT-FLA-CHC
17 John Briscoe 22 139.2 1991 1996 23-28 100 2 0 0 38 5 5 .500 2 124 94 88 129 115 5.67 78 18 649 8 3 1 OAK
18 Henry Rodriguez 21 73.0 2009 2011 22-24 67 0 0 0 22 4 2 .667 0 66 39 36 47 80 4.44 91 3 332 0 4 1 OAK-WSN
19 Ambiorix Burgos 21 160.1 2005 2007 21-23 144 1 0 0 63 8 10 .444 20 160 88 82 77 156 4.60 99 25 712 5 13 5 KCR-NYM
20 George Turbeville 21 184.2 1935 1937 20-22 62 15 4 0 30 2 12 .143 0 196 144 126 157 47 6.14 77 10 875   6 1 PHA
21 Kevin Jepsen 20 135.0 2008 2011 23-26 147 0 0 0 22 9 11 .450 1 146 75 71 61 122 4.73 89 6 594 11 3 0 LAA
22 Chad Harville 20 181.0 1999 2006 22-29 175 0 0 0 63 4 9 .308 2 188 115 105 103 147 5.22 86 26 820 7 8 3 OAK-TOT-TBD
23 Matt Whisenant 18 158.0 1997 2000 26-29 189 0 0 0 65 9 8 .529 3 146 96 87 104 114 4.96 96 8 711 5 13 0 TOT-KCR-SDP
24 Brad Arnsberg 18 158.1 1986 1992 22-28 94 4 0 0 29 9 6 .600 6 159 85 75 85 100 4.26 96 27 714 4 7 3 NYY-TEX-CLE
25 Rich Croushore 17 142.0 1998 2000 27-29 111 0 0 0 31 5 11 .313 11 131 87 77 83 149 4.88 95 16 652 8 9 0 STL-TOT
26 Calvin Jones 16 108.0 1991 1992 27-28 65 1 0 0 20 5 7 .417 2 83 53 52 76 91 4.33 93 8 469 6 3 0 SEA
27 Kevin Coffman 16 110.2 1987 1990 22-25 31 18 0 0 2 4 11 .267 0 119 90 79 95 47 6.42 61 5 537 2 7 2 ATL-CHC
28 Ed Connolly 16 130.0 1964 1967 24-27 42 19 1 1 9 6 12 .333 0 143 96 85 98 118 5.88 62 9 627 4 7 0 BOS-CLE
29 Stu Flythe 16 39.1 1936 1936 24-24 17 3 0 0 9 0 0   0 49 63 57 61 14 13.04 39 4 229   3 1 PHA
30 Edwin Hurtado 15 144.1 1995 1997 25-27 43 15 1 0 8 8 9 .471 2 167 111 107 85 79 6.67 72 26 662 6 7 0 TOR-SEA
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Boy, Grimsley must have been a joy to catch...

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18 Responses to “15+ Career WP With WP > One-Tenth Career IP Total”

  1. I was expecting to see Tim Wakefield on this list, but he has only 129 wild pitches in 3185 innings, or only .0405 wild pitches per inning.

  2. I can't really say many of these names are surprising. I am, however, kind of surprised Mike MacDougal only has 43 wild pitches.

    Catching John Rocker (or being around him at all) was probably at least as bad as catching Jason Grimsley.

  3. I thought Jamey Wright would make this list for sure. It seems he prefers HBP's over wild pitches: it gets things over faster.

  4. Initially I thought I'd see a lot of knuckleballers on this list but then thought that more than likely in their cases it's going to be Passed Balls, not WPs.

  5. @1 - Timmy's knucklers tend to lead to passed balls. One of my all-time favorite moments is when the Sox traded his personal catcher, Doug Mirabelli, and then traded back for him after approximately 50 million passed balls. He arrived at Logan Airport from San Diego something like 15 minutes before Wake was scheduled to pitch, and the Boston PD gave him an escort to the game.

  6. @5

    It was painful to watch Varitek try to handle Wakefield.

    It was as bad as Matt LeCroy's brief tenure as the Nationals' catcher, though for different reasons.

  7. When I saw the title of this post, I thought it might be another dig at AJ. But Burnett really isn't close to this group with only 114 WP in over 1900 IP. He's a fair bit closer with his work since 2008 - 59 WP in 763 IP.

    With Henry Rodriguez, it's almost a coin flip whether he'll toss a wild one in any given appearance. Not what you want in a late inning reliever. On the bright side, his rate this year is "only" 2.4 WP per 9 innings, which is actually better than the 2.84 career rate he had before this year.

  8. Stu Flythe must have been an entertaining cup of coffee. And Henry Rodriguez is quite impressive.

  9. Hey, how about hit by pitch as a function of innings pitched?

  10. @6.

    Varitek isn't the only catcher who can't stand knuckleballers. A while back, I was researching old batteries and thought I'd found a gold mine with Charlie Hough and Carlton Fisk playing together in Chicago for two full seasons, both aged 43 and 44.

    Hough had 58 starts those two years ('91 and '92) and Fisk was still a half-time catcher (160 games), but Fisk never caught Hough once, even for just a single batter. Several times, Fisk was playing first base when Hough pitched, and then moved to catcher soon after (or immediately after) Hough was removed from the game. I don't think that was coincidental.

  11. oneblankspace Says:

    Rick Ankiel : 20 WP in 242 IP, excluding postseason. Including the postseason where he had 9WP in 4IP, he has a total of 29 WP in 246 IP.

  12. Tommy Lasorda had the briefest of careers, but still came reasonably close to the 15 WP entry level for this list.

    For his career, he had 11 WP in 45.1 IP. I love his 1955 season with Brooklyn: 4 games, 4 IP, 4 WP.

  13. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Following up on #3, pitchers with 15+ Career HBP and HBP > 10% of Career IP:

    1. Randy Choate, 2000-2011, 27 HBP in 269.2 IP
    2. Kelly Wunsch, 2000-2005, 22 HBP in 177 IP
    3. Aaron Myette, 1999-2004, 22 HBP in 154.1 IP
    4. Elmer Brown, 1911-1915, 20 HBP in 188.2 IP
    5. Ole Olsen, 1922-1923, 19 HBP in 178.1 IP
    6. Greg Keagle, 1996-1998, 18 HBP in 171.2 IP
    7. Tom Dettore, 1973-1976, 18 HBP in 179.2 IP
    8. Keiichi Yabu, 2005-2008, 16 HBP in 126 IP

  14. Where's A.J.?!

  15. No comment on Scott Williamson and one WP every 6 innings? That's crazy.

  16. another list that i think would explode pre-1901. there would probably be HOFers on it.

  17. @16 - It probably would. The all-time leader in wild pitches was Tony Mullane with 343, although he wouldn't make the list as it was over 4,531.1 IP.

    However, he did throw 63 WP in 1884, but that was mostly because he was a racist. His catcher was Fleet Walker, the first black professional ballplayer. Mullane enjoyed calling his own game, regardless of what Walker wanted him to throw. Hence, all the wild pitches and a few bruised ribs for Walker.

    http://greatnamesinbaseball.blogspot.com/2011/08/tony-mullane-apollo-of-box.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_Fleetwood_Walker

  18. The biggest suprise to me on this list was this piece of information:
    "Denny Bautista - December 14, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners. "

    Wow. I can't believe he's still getting paid. He nearly qualified for the HBP list too (16 in 223.1 innings, 0.65 per 9IP). I mean, if you add his HBP and WP totals, he's doing one or the other at an amazing 1.65 per 9IP!!!