I'm not even sure how this post got started in the first place but it starts with Tim Wakefield who, coincidentally is announcing his retirement today.Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is currently 7th on the all time list of hit batsmen with 186. He's accomplished this in just 3226 innings. That's 1 batter hit for every 17.3 innings pitched.
43rd on the list is fellow knuckleballer Phil Niekro who plunked 123 batters in 5404 innings during his long career. That's 1 for every 43.9 innings.
Future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux appears on the list at #31 with 137 hit batsmen in 5008 innings, or 1 in every 36.6.
Which is more surprising here, that knuckler Niekro hit so few batters compared to Wakefield or that pinpoint control pitcher Maddux hit more than Niekro?
A couple of others for comparison?
Tom Seaver 76 HBP in 4783 IP = 1/62.9
Charlie Hough 174 HBP in 3801 IP = 1/21.8