List of Major League Baseball career strikeout leaders

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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.

Nolan Ryan has the most career strikeouts in Major League Baseball. During a record 27-year career, he struck out 5,714 batters.

The parentheses adjacent to an active player denote the number of strikeouts in the current season.

The List[edit]

Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player (with current season strikeouts shown).

A player is considered "inactive" if he has not played baseball for one year or has announced his retirement.
Stats updated through August 14, 2019.

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Rank Player 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 CC Sabathia (82) 3,068
18 Justin Verlander (228) 2,934
19 Jim Bunning 2,855
20 Mickey Lolich 2,832
21 Mike Mussina 2,813
22 Cy Young 2,803
23 Frank Tanana 2,773
24 David Cone 2,668
25 Max Scherzer (189) 2,638
26 Chuck Finley 2,610
27 Tom Glavine 2,607
28 Warren Spahn 2,583
29 Bob Feller 2,581
30 Zack Greinke (143) 2,578
31 Tim Keefe 2,564
32 Jerry Koosman 2,556
33 Javier Vázquez 2,536
34 Bartolo Colón (0) 2,535
Rank Player K
35 Cole Hamels (107) 2,522
36 A. J. Burnett 2,513
37 Christy Mathewson 2,507
38 Felix Hernandez (34) 2,501
39 Don Drysdale 2,486
40 Jack Morris 2,478
41 Mark Langston 2,464
42 Jim Kaat 2,461
43 Sam McDowell 2,453
44 Andy Pettitte 2,448
45 Jamie Moyer 2,441
46 Clayton Kershaw (141) 2,416
Luis Tiant 2,416
48 Dennis Eckersley 2,401
49 Kevin Brown 2,397
50 Sandy Koufax 2,396
51 Charlie Hough 2,362
52 Robin Roberts 2,357
53 Early Wynn 2,334
54 Jon Lester (129) 2,319
55 Rube Waddell 2,316
56 Juan Marichal 2,303
57 John Lackey 2,294
58 Dwight Gooden 2,293
59 Lefty Grove 2,266
60 Eddie Plank 2,246
61 Tommy John 2,245
62 James Shields (0) 2,234
63 Jim Palmer 2,212
64 Jake Peavy 2,207
65 David Wells 2,201
66 Grover Cleveland Alexander 2,198
67 Vida Blue 2,175
68 Camilo Pascual 2,167
Rank Player K
69 Tim Wakefield 2,156
70 Dennis Martínez 2,149
71 Roy Halladay 2,117
72 Kevin Millwood 2,083
73 Bobo Newsom 2,082
74 Tim Hudson 2,080
75 Ryan Dempster 2,075
76 Fernando Valenzuela 2,074
77 Dazzy Vance 2,045
78 Rick Reuschel 2,015
79 Orel Hershiser 2,014
80 Dan Haren 2,013
81 Catfish Hunter 2,012
82 Chris Sale (218) 2,007
83 Andy Benes 2,000
84 Billy Pierce 1,999
85 Kevin Appier 1,994
86 Johan Santana 1,988
87 Red Ruffing 1,987
88 David Price (126) 1,979
89 John Clarkson 1,978
90 Liván Hernández 1,976
91 Al Leiter 1,974
92 Bob Welch 1,969
93 Kenny Rogers 1,968
94 Whitey Ford 1,956
95 Bobby Witt 1,955
96 Amos Rusie 1,950
97 Danny Darwin 1,942
98 Tom Gordon 1,928
99 Ervin Santana (5) 1,926
100 Hideo Nomo 1,918


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