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Issuing more IBBs than regular walks

Posted by John Autin
Andy gave you the batter-seasons with more intentional walks than unintentional ones. Here's the pitchers' side of the coin (min. 60 IP).

It's a happy accident that one of my favorites -- the greatest control pitcher of all time, in my opinion -- bookends the list, which is in order of IP. But don't miss Gene Garber's entry: 24 IBBs in 76 IP? Yowza!
1955-2011, Pitcher-seasons with IBB > 1/2 of total BB:
Rk Player IP IBB BB Year Tm G SV H SO ERA ERA+ HR BF HBP GDP OBP
1 Dan Quisenberry 128.1 15 27 1980 KCR 75 33 129 37 3.09 131 5 528 1 18 .302
2 Luis DeLeon 102.0 9 16 1982 SDP 61 15 77 60 2.03 171 10 390 1 13 .246
3 Steve Howe 99.1 11 17 1982 LAD 66 13 87 49 2.08 169 3 393 0 13 .272
4 Phil Regan 96.1 17 32 1967 LAD 55 6 108 53 2.99 103 2 430 2 4 .340
5 Frank Linzy 95.1 14 27 1968 SFG 57 12 76 36 2.08 145 1 387 1 15 .274
6 Bob Locker 95.0 13 23 1966 CHW 56 12 73 70 2.46 129 2 384 5 10 .265
7 Dick Hall 93.2 7 11 1965 BAL 48 12 84 79 3.07 114 8 368 0 4 .264
8 Dick Hall 86.0 8 12 1967 PHI 48 8 83 49 2.20 156 5 347 2 9 .286
9 Paul Quantrill 83.0 7 12 2001 TOR 80 2 86 58 3.04 153 6 341 6 13 .311
10 Tim Burke 82.0 13 25 1988 MON 61 18 84 42 3.40 106 7 350 3 8 .327
11 Dennis Eckersley 80.0 6 11 1992 OAK 69 51 62 93 1.91 197 5 309 1 3 .242
12 Tom Niedenfuer 80.0 15 29 1986 LAD 60 11 86 55 3.71 94 11 345 1 3 .341
13 Matt Capps 79.0 10 16 2007 PIT 76 18 64 64 2.28 192 5 315 3 4 .266
14 Joe Moeller 78.2 8 14 1966 LAD 29 0 73 31 2.52 131 4 326 3 8 .283
15 Dan Quisenberry 78.1 9 14 1989 STL 63 6 78 37 2.64 137 2 317 0 8 .293
16 Tim Crews 76.0 11 19 1991 LAD 60 6 75 53 3.43 105 7 318 0 2 .299
17 Gene Garber 76.0 24 44 1974 TOT 51 5 74 41 3.08 124 4 337 2 11 .369
18 Ron Taylor 73.0 14 23 1967 NYM 50 8 60 46 2.34 145 1 297 1 4 .290
19 Roy Face 69.2 11 19 1963 PIT 56 16 75 41 3.23 102 6 298 3 7 .338
20 Ron Taylor 69.0 6 11 1971 NYM 45 2 71 32 3.65 94 7 281 1 6 .300
21 Steve Howe 68.2 7 12 1983 LAD 46 18 55 52 1.44 251 2 274 1 4 .254
22 Ron Taylor 66.1 10 16 1970 NYM 57 13 65 28 3.93 103 5 275 0 3 .305
23 Dick Hall 65.2 6 9 1969 BAL 39 6 49 31 1.92 188 3 246 1 3 .244
24 Brian Meadows 62.2 8 14 2002 PIT 11 0 62 31 3.88 110 7 259 1 8 .300
25 Dan Quisenberry 62.1 8 15 1981 KCR 40 18 59 20 1.73 209 1 254 1 7 .301
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/6/2012.

One interesting fellow just missed the list. I had never heard of Don Dennis, a righty reliever from Uniontown, KS, by way of Emporia State University (the very same school that gave us Steve Shifflett). Dennis pitched two years for St. Louis in the '60s, but managed to miss out on all three pennants. In both years, he had over 50 IP and more IBBs than normal walks. Oddly, 16 of his 21 IBBs were issued to righty batters. I'm happy to report that all 21 were issued with 1st base open.

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