GIDP in baseball stands for “grounded into double play” and applies when a batter comes to the plate with one or more runners on base and hits a ground ball that results in the opposing team recording a double play — two outs in one play.

The most common type of double play is the 6-4-3 DP, which happens when a batter hits the ball on the ground between second and third base with a runner on first. In that case, the shortstop fields the grounder and throws to second base to force out the lead runner, who is coming from first. Then the second baseman throws the ball to first to force out the batter.

A similar play occurs when the third baseman makes the initial grab and throws to second (a 5-4-3 double play). If there are runners on both first and second, a double play can start with a forceout at third. Likewise, if the bases are loaded, a double play might start with a forceout at home plate.

In any case, a GIDP is one of the worst outcomes for a batter as it not only results in two outs, but it also removes a base runner who was already in play. Talk about a rally killer!

Oftentimes, fast runners can beat out the back end of a double play at first base, but slower runners who hit an infield grounder are usually toast.

As proof of this, the single-season leader in GIDP is Boston Red Sox slugger and Hall of Famer Jim Rice, who grounded into 36 DPs in 1984. He followed that up with 35 GIDPs in 100 fewer plate appearances in 1985. Not surprisingly, Rice had only 58 stolen bases in his career and was caught 34 times.

Rice finished his career with 315 GIDP, tied with Eddie Murray for eighth place on the all-time list. The top spot belongs to Albert Pujols, with 426 GIDPs.

Here is the complete list of the 10 batters with the most GIDPs in their careers:

Something you might notice about this list is just how accomplished the players are. Among the top 10, seven are in the Hall of Fame as of 2023, two more — Pujols and Cabrera — will be in Cooperstown as soon as they’re eligible, and Franco had a long and accomplished career.

So, although a GIDP is a negative thing for a batter, only the very best stick around long enough to land on this “bad” list.