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Runs batted in or RBI is a statistic used in baseball and softball to credit a batter when the outcome of his at-bat results in a run being scored, except in certain situations such as when an error is made on the play. The first team to track RBI was the Buffalo Bisons.

Common nicknames for RBI include "Ribby" and "Rib."

Major League Baseball Rules

The official rulebook of Major League Baseball states in Rule 10.04:


The perceived significance of the RBI is displayed by the fact that it is one of the three categories that compose the triple crown. In addition, career RBI are often cited in debates over who should be elected to the Hall of Famemarker. However, critics, particularly within the field of sabermetrics, argue that RBI does a better job of measuring the quality of the lineup than it does the player himself since an RBI can only be credited to a player if one or more batters preceding him in the batting order reached base (the exception to this being a solo home run, in which the batter is credited with driving himself in). This implies that better offensive teams—and therefore, the teams in which the most players get on base—tend to produce hitters with higher RBI totals than equivalent hitters on lesser-hitting team.

RBI leaders in Major League Baseball


Totals are current through the end of the 2009 season Active players in bold.
  1. Hank Aaron - 2,297
  2. Babe Ruth - 2,217
  3. Cap Anson - 2,076
  4. Barry Bonds - 1,996
  5. Lou Gehrig - 1,995
  6. Stan Musial - 1,951
  7. Ty Cobb - 1,937
  8. Jimmie Foxx - 1,922
  9. Eddie Murray - 1,917
  10. Willie Mays - 1,903

Ken Griffey, Jr. (1,829) has the most career RBI among active players, ranking 16th overall and needing just 5 more to move past Dave Winfield and just 32 more to move into 11th place all time.


  1. Hack Wilson (1930) -191
  2. Lou Gehrig (1931) - 184
  3. Hank Greenberg (1937) - 183
  4. Jimmie Foxx (1938) - 175
  5. Lou Gehrig (1927) - 175


12 - Jim Bottomley (September 24, 1924), Mark Whiten (September 7, 1993)

11 - Wilbert Robinson (June 10, 1892), Tony Lazzeri (May 24, 1936), Phil Weintraub (April 30, 1944)

10 - by 12 major league players, most recently Garret Anderson (August 21, 2007)


  1. Fernando Tatis (April 23, 1999) - 8
  2. Ed Cartwright (September 23, 1890) - 7
  3. Alex Rodriguez (October 4, 2009) - 7

Game-winning RBI

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