Major League Record Book: Career Walks

All of these categories take time, of course- it’s not possible to be on the all-time list without having appeared in many major league games. But working a walk is something that is more valued today, probably, than in the past. And, of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t compile the list….

2006-2017
1 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 349
2 Dan Murphy Luray ’05 305
3 Yonder Alonso Luray ’06 276
4 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 241
5 Tommy La Stella Haymarket ’09 79
6 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 69
7 Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 68
8 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 58
Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-6 58
10 Eric Campbell Luray ’06 53

Interesting here- Jason Kipnis is 44 walks ahead of Daniel Murphy, even though Murphy has 4,794 plate appearances in the majors while Kipnis has “just” 3,737. However, Murphy has hit 299/345/459 while Kipnis is at 268/340/422.

Luray has 4 players out of the 10; Covington has 2, and Staunton, Haymarket, Harrisonburg, and Winchester all have 1.

The top 8 are still active, and Robinson has retired, and Campbell played in Japan in 2017, but is now a free agent.

All time?

All-Time
1 Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 844
2 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 725
3 Reggie Sanders Winchester ’87 674
4 John Kruk New Market ’81 649
5 Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 571
6 Johnny Grubb Charlottesville 566
7 Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 548
8 Brett Gardner New Market ’03-04 496
9 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’97 464
10 Brandon Inge Waynesboro ’96 443
11 Chris Hoiles Harrisonburg 435
12 Darren Lewis Harrisonburg 403
13 David Eckstein Harrisonburg ’95-6 376
14 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 356
15 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 349
16 Dan Pasqua New Market ’81 335
17 Luke Scott Staunton 334
18 Bruce Benedict 328
19 Denny Walling Waynesboro ’75 308
20 Dan Murphy Luray ’05 305

This list tells a different story: Harrisonburg has 7, New Market and Waynesboro have 3, Staunton has 2, and Winchester, Charlottesville, Covington, Luray, and “unknown” has 1.

Three players on this list are still active: Gardner, Kipnis, and Murphy. With 50 walks in 2018, Murphy could climb all the way to 15th; Kipnis has a shot at reaching #12, and Gardner, who walked 72 times in 2017, could reach #5.

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Jason Kipnis

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