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In baseball, a wild pitch (denoted by WP) is a pitch that is too high, too low, or too wide of home plate for the catcher to field capably, thereby allowing one or more runners to advance at least one base.
A wild pitch usually passes the catcher behind home plate, often allowing runners on base easy advancement.
A closely related statistic is the passed ball. As with many baseball statistics, whether a pitch that gets away from a catcher is a passed ball or wild pitch is at the discretion of the official scorer.
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