List of top 100 Major League Baseball strikeout pitchers

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In baseball, a strikeout occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. Strikeouts are associated with dominance on the part of the pitcher and failure on the part of the batter.

The pitcher with the most career strikeouts in Major League Baseball is Nolan Ryan, who struck out 5,714 batters during his career.

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Rank Player (2014 Strikeouts) K
1 Nolan Ryan 5,714
2 Randy Johnson 4,875
3 Roger Clemens 4,672
4 Steve Carlton 4,136
5 Bert Blyleven 3,701
6 Tom Seaver 3,640
7 Don Sutton 3,574
8 Gaylord Perry 3,534
9 Walter Johnson 3,508
10 Greg Maddux 3,371
11 Phil Niekro 3,342
12 Ferguson Jenkins 3,192
13 Pedro Martínez 3,154
14 Bob Gibson 3,117
15 Curt Schilling 3,116
16 John Smoltz 3,084
17 Jim Bunning 2,855
18 Mickey Lolich 2,832
19 Mike Mussina 2,813
20 Cy Young 2,803
21 Frank Tanana 2,773
22 David Cone 2,668
23 Chuck Finley 2,610
24 Tom Glavine 2,607
25 Warren Spahn 2,583
26 Bob Feller 2,581
27 Tim Keefe 2,564
28 Jerry Koosman 2,556
29 Javier Vázquez 2,536
30 Christy Mathewson 2,502
31 Don Drysdale 2,486
32 Jack Morris 2,478
33 Mark Langston 2,464
34 Jim Kaat 2,461
Rank Player (2014 Strikeouts) K
35 Sam McDowell 2,453
36 Andy Pettitte 2,448
37 Jamie Moyer 2,441
38 Luis Tiant 2,416
39 CC Sabathia (21) 2,410
40 Dennis Eckersley 2,401
41 Kevin Brown 2,397
42 Sandy Koufax 2,396
43 Charlie Hough 2,362
44 Robin Roberts 2,357
45 Early Wynn 2,334
46 Rube Waddell 2,316
47 Juan Marichal 2,303
48 Dwight Gooden 2,293
49 Lefty Grove 2,266
50 Eddie Plank 2,246
51 Tommy John 2,245
52 Jim Palmer 2,212
53 David Wells 2,201
54 Grover Cleveland Alexander 2,198
55 A. J. Burnett (10) 2,190
56 Vida Blue 2,175
57 Camilo Pascual 2,167
58 Tim Wakefield 2,156
59 Dennis Martínez 2,149
60 Roy Halladay 2,117
61 Kevin Millwood 2,083
62 Bobo Newsom 2,082
63 Ryan Dempster 2,075
64 Fernando Valenzuela 2,074
65 Dazzy Vance 2,045
66 Rick Reuschel 2,015
67 Orel Hershiser 2,014
68 Catfish Hunter 2,012
Rank Player (2014 Strikeouts) K
69 Andy Benes 2,000
70 Billy Pierce 1,999
71 Kevin Appier 1,994
72 Johan Santana 1,988
73 Red Ruffing 1,987
74 John Clarkson 1,978
75 Liván Hernández 1,976
76 Al Leiter 1,974
77 Bob Welch 1,969
78 Kenny Rogers 1,968
79 Whitey Ford 1,956
80 Bobby Witt 1,955
81 Bartolo Colón (12) 1,954
82 Amos Rusie 1,950
83 Danny Darwin 1,942
84 Tom Gordon 1,928
85 Hideo Nomo 1,918
86 Tim Hudson (16) 1,912
87 Jerry Reuss 1,907
88 Barry Zito 1,883
89 Kid Nichols 1,881
Jake Peavy (12) 1,881
91 Roy Oswalt 1,852
92 Mickey Welch 1,850
93 Frank Viola 1,844
94 Charley Radbourn 1,830
95 Pud Galvin 1,807
96 Tony Mullane 1,803
97 Josh Beckett (5) 1,799
98 Hal Newhouser 1,796
99 Ron Guidry 1,778
100 Cliff Lee (15) 1,767


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