Hit by pitch
A batter is Hit by pitch (abbreviated HBP), when he is hit by a pitched ball; the ball is dead and the batter is awarded first base. However, if the pitch was in the strike zone, if the batter swung, or if he made no effort to get out of the way, the umpire will call a strike (or a ball) and play continues. Effectively, a hit by pitch is the same as a walk except runners cannot advance past one base. The pitcher may be warned if the umpire considers the pitch to have been intentional (see bean ball).
Hit by pitch is a statistic for batters; for pitchers, it is called a "hit batsman".
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|Career (since 1900)||Craig Biggio||273|
- Gary Belleville: "Ron Hunt, Coco Crisp, and the Normalization of Hit-by-Pitch Statistics", Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 47, Nr. 2 (Fall 2018), pp. 32-39.
- Steve Treder: "The HBP Explosion (That Almost Nobody Seems to Have Noticed)", The Hardball Times, January 30, 2007.