List of Major League Baseball career strikeouts by batters leaders

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Reggie Jackson, the all-time leader in strikeouts by a batter

In baseball, a strikeout (or strike-out) occurs when a batter accumulates three strikes during a time at bat (i.e. the batter fails to hit the ball in three successive pitches). It usually means the batter is out. A strikeout is a statistic recorded for both pitchers and batters, and is denoted by K.[1]

Reggie Jackson[2][3][4] holds the record for the most career strikeouts by a batter with 2,597.[5] Jim Thome[6] (2,548), Adam Dunn[7] (2,379), Sammy Sosa[8] (2,306), Alex Rodriguez[9] (2,287) and Andrés Galarraga[10] (2,003) are the only other hitters to strikeout over 2,000 times.

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career strikeouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2021 Ks) Number of strikeouts during the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
K Total career strikeouts.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List[edit]

Justin Upton, the active leader and 7th all-time in strikeouts by a batter.
  • Stats updated as of the end of the 2021 season.
Rank Player (2021 Ks) K
1 Reggie Jackson * 2,597
2 Jim Thome * 2,548
3 Adam Dunn 2,379
4 Sammy Sosa 2,306
5 Alex Rodriguez 2,287
6 Andrés Galarraga 2,003
7 Justin Upton (107) 1,948
8 Jose Canseco 1,942
9 Willie Stargell * 1,936
10 Miguel Cabrera (118) 1,930
11 Mark Reynolds 1,927
12 Curtis Granderson 1,916
13 Mike Cameron 1,901
14 Mike Schmidt * 1,883
15 Fred McGriff 1,882
16 Tony Pérez * 1,867
17 Chris Davis 1,852
18 Ryan Howard 1,843
19 Bobby Abreu 1,840
Derek Jeter * 1,840
21 Dave Kingman 1,816
22 Manny Ramírez 1,813
23 Alfonso Soriano 1,803
24 Carlos Beltrán 1,795
25 Ken Griffey Jr. * 1,779
26 Bobby Bonds 1,757
27 Craig Biggio * 1,753
28 Nelson Cruz (126) 1,751
29 David Ortiz 1,750
30- Andruw Jones 1,748
Dale Murphy 1,748
32 Carlos Delgado 1,745
33 Torii Hunter 1,741
34 Adrián Beltré 1,732
35 Lou Brock * 1,730
36 Jim Edmonds 1,729
37 Mickey Mantle * 1,710
38 Harmon Killebrew * 1,699
39 Chili Davis 1,698
40 Dwight Evans 1,697
41 Rickey Henderson * 1,694
42 Dave Winfield * 1,686
43 Matt Kemp (0) 1,641
44 Derrek Lee 1,622
45 Reggie Sanders 1,614
46 Gary Gaetti 1,602
47 Mark McGwire 1,596
48 Shin-Soo Choo 1,579
49 Carlos Peña 1,577
50 Jay Bruce 1,572
Rank Player (2021 Ks) K
Jason Giambi 1,572
52 Lee May 1,570
53 Pat Burrell 1,564
54 Melvin Upton Jr. 1,561
55 Giancarlo Stanton (157) 1,559
56 Jeff Bagwell * 1,558
57 Dick Allen 1,556
58 Ray Lankford 1,550
Willie McCovey * 1,550
60 Evan Longoria (48) 1,540
61 Barry Bonds 1,539
62 Dave Parker 1,537
63 Alex Gordon 1,535
64 Frank Robinson * 1,532
65 Lance Parrish 1,527
66 Willie Mays * 1,526
Devon White 1,526
68 Jeff Kent 1,522
69 Eddie Murray * 1,516
70 Rick Monday 1,513
Greg Vaughn 1,513
72 Andre Dawson * 1,509
73 Tony Phillips 1,499
74 Greg Luzinski 1,495
75 Eddie Mathews * 1,487
76 Joey Votto (126) 1,481
77 Iván Rodríguez * 1,474
78 Mike Napoli 1,468
79 Frank Howard 1,460
80 Jorge Posada 1,453
81 Jhonny Peralta 1,450
Jayson Werth 1,450
83 Jay Bell 1,443
84 Juan Samuel 1,442
85 Harold Baines * 1,441
Jack Clark 1,441
Mark Teixeira 1,441
88 Mo Vaughn 1,429
89 Jimmy Wynn 1,427
90 Edwin Encarnación (0) 1,426
91 Jim Rice * 1,423
92 George Foster 1,419
93 Andrew McCutchen (132) 1,418
George Scott 1,418
95 Royce Clayton 1,415
96 Ron Gant 1,411
97 Darrell Evans 1,410
Scott Rolen 1,410
99 Rob Deer 1,409
Chipper Jones * 1,409

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Major League Baseball (2001–2009). "Baseball Basics: Abbreviations".
  2. ^ "Reggie Jackson Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "Reggie Jackson Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  4. ^ Leavengood, Ted. "Reggie Jackson Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "Career Leaders For Striking Out". Baseball Alamanc. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  6. ^ "Jim Thome Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "Adam Dunn Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  8. ^ "Sammy Sosa Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  9. ^ "Alex Rodriguez Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "Andrés Galarraga Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.

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