For batters, it counts as a plate appearance, but not as an at-bat; a high number of walks drawn is a sign of a good batting eye, or of a very dangerous hitter that pitchers are trying to pitch around.
A walk is also a statistic for pitchers, where a high number of walks allowed indicates a lack of control.
The ball is live during a base on balls, and therefore, baserunners as well as the batter-runner are allowed to advance additional bases at their own risk.
|All Time Leaders|
|Game||Walt Wilmot||6||August 22, 1891|
|Game||Jimmie Foxx||6||June 16, 1938|
|Game||Bryce Harper||6||May 8, 2016|
|NPB Career||Sadaharu Oh||2,390|
|NPB Season||Sadaharu Oh||158||1974|
|Cuban National League Career||Antonio Muñoz||1,551|
|Cuban National League Season||Juan Manrique||105||2002-2003|
|AAGPBL Career||Dorothy Schroeder||696|
|AAGPBL Season||Sophie Kurys||93||1946|
|AAGPBL Game||Irene Hickson||5||June 13, 1946|
- Richard Hershberger: "How Bases on Balls Were Scored: 1864-88", Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 47, Nr. 1 (spring 2018), pp. 99-106.