So, following is a table that lists the top 10 pitchers least likely to give up a wild pitch out of the 176 pitchers who have pitched at least 1000 innings since Mariano began his career since 1995. ("WP/9" means "Wild pitches per 9 innings"). Mariano ranks 7th amongst his
What's unique about Mariano is that he is the only one of this group who is a power pitcher; the rest fall into the classification of "control artist". Mariano's K/9 of 8.25 is much more than anyone else's on this list.
Note: This only includes innings pitched since 1995; so for example the wild pitch Paul Quantrill threw in 1995 is not included.
For the sake of comparison, here are the 5 worst of Mariano's contemporaries in the area of wild pitches:
One last thing worth mentioning is that like many statistics, wild pitch rates have fluctuated across baseball history. The following chart illustrates total WP/9 for each season since 1901:
Mariano's career has occurred within the period with the highest wild pitch rates. However, his .097 WP/9 is above the league average in any MLB season.