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Innings pitched

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In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. Three outs made is equal to one inning pitched. One out counts as one-third of an inning, and two outs counts as two-thirds of an inning. Sometimes, the statistic is written 34.1, 72.2, or 91.0, for example, to represent 34 and 1/3 innings, 72 and 2/3 innings, and 91 innings exactly, respectively.

Runners left on base by a pitcher are not counted in determining innings pitched. It is possible for a pitcher to enter a game, give up several hits and possibly even several runs, and be removed before achieving any outs, thereby recording a total of zero innings pitched.

All-Time MLB leaders in Innings Pitched
1 Cy Young 7356.0
2 Pud Galvin 5941.1
3 Walter Johnson 5914.1
4 Phil Niekro 5404.1
5 Nolan Ryan 5386.0
6 Gaylord Perry 5350.1
7 Don Sutton 5282.1
8 Warren Spahn 5243.2
9 Steve Carlton 5217.1
10 Grover Cleveland Alexander 5190.0
11 Kid Nichols 5056.1
12 Tim Keefe 5047.2
13 Bert Blyleven 4970.0
14 Mickey Welch 4802.0
15 Tom Seaver 4782.2
16 Christy Mathewson 4780.2
17 Tommy John 4710.1
18 Robin Roberts 4688.2
19 Early Wynn 4564.1
20 John Clarkson 4536.1

All of these pitchers are right handed except Spahn, Carlton, and John.

The highest-ranking active player on the list at the end of the 2004 season was Roger Clemens at number 27, with 4,493.0 innings pitched.

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