List of Major League Baseball career innings pitched leaders

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Cy Young, the all-time leader in innings pitched

In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is on the pitching mound in a game. Three outs made is equal to one inning pitched. One out counts as one-third of an inning, and two outs counts as two-thirds of an inning.

This is a list of the top 100 Major League Baseball pitchers who have accumulated the most innings pitched of all time.

Cy Young is the all-time leader in innings pitched with 7,356, and the only pitcher to throw more than 7,000 innings. Pud Gavin is the only other pitcher in MLB history to throw more than 6,000 innings.

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career innings pitched. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player Name of player
IP Total career innings pitched
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List[edit]

Rank Player IP
1 Cy Young * 7,356
2 Pud Galvin * 6,003.1
3 Walter Johnson * 5,914.1
4 Phil Niekro * 5,404
5 Nolan Ryan * 5,386
6 Gaylord Perry * 5,350
7 Don Sutton * 5,282.1
8 Warren Spahn * 5,243.2
9 Steve Carlton * 5,217.2
10 Grover Cleveland Alexander * 5,190
11 Kid Nichols * 5,056.1
12 Tim Keefe * 5,049.2
13 Greg Maddux * 5,008.1
14 Bert Blyleven * 4,970
15 Bobby Mathews 4,956
16 Roger Clemens 4,916.2
17 Mickey Welch * 4,802
18 Christy Mathewson * 4,788.2
19 Tom Seaver * 4,783
20 Tommy John 4,710.1
21 Robin Roberts * 4,688.2
22 Early Wynn * 4,564
23 John Clarkson * 4,536.1
24 Tony Mullane 4,531.1
25 Jim Kaat 4,530.1
26 Charles Radbourn * 4,527
27 Ferguson Jenkins * 4,500.2
28 Eddie Plank * 4,495.2
29 Eppa Rixey * 4,494.2
30 Tom Glavine * 4,413.1
31 Jack Powell 4,389
32 Red Ruffing * 4,344
33 Gus Weyhing 4,337
34 Jim McCormick 4,275.2
35 Frank Tanana 4,188.1
36 Burleigh Grimes * 4,180
37 Ted Lyons * 4,161
38 Randy Johnson * 4,135.1
39 Red Faber * 4,086.2
40 Jamie Moyer 4,074
41 Dennis Martínez 3,999.2
42 Vic Willis * 3,996
43 Jim Palmer * 3,948
44 Lefty Grove * 3,940.2
45 Jack Quinn 3,920.1
46 Bob Gibson * 3,884.1
47 Sad Sam Jones 3,883
48 Jerry Koosman 3,839.1
49 Bob Feller * 3,827
50 Jack Morris 3,824
Rank Player IP
51 Charlie Hough 3,801.1
52 Amos Rusie * 3,778.2
53 Waite Hoyt * 3,762.1
54 Jim Bunning * 3,760.1
55 Bobo Newsom 3,759.1
56 George Mullin 3,686.2
57 Jerry Reuss 3,669.2
58 Paul Derringer 3,645
59 Mickey Lolich 3,638.1
60 Tommy Bond 3,628.2
61 Bob Friend 3,611
62 Carl Hubbell * 3,590.1
63 Joe Niekro 3,584.1
64 Herb Pennock * 3,571.2
65 Earl Whitehill 3,564.2
66 Mike Mussina 3,562.2
67 Rick Reuschel 3,548.1
68 Will White 3,542.2
69 Adonis Terry 3,514.1
70 Juan Marichal * 3,507
71 Jim Whitney 3,496.1
72 Luis Tiant 3,486.1
73 Wilbur Cooper 3,480
74 John Smoltz * 3,473
75 Claude Osteen 3,460.2
76 Catfish Hunter * 3,449.1
77 Joe McGinnity * 3,441.1
78 David Wells 3,439
79 Don Drysdale * 3,432
80 Mel Harder 3,426.1
81 Charlie Buffinton 3,404
82 Hooks Dauss 3,390.2
83 Clark Griffith * 3,385.2
84 Doyle Alexander 3,367.2
85 Chick Fraser 3,364
86 Al Orth 3,354.2
87 Curt Simmons 3,348.1
88 Vida Blue 3,343.1
89 Andy Pettitte 3,316
90 Rube Marquard * 3,306.2
Billy Pierce 3,306.2
92 Kenny Rogers 3,302.2
93 Dennis Eckersley * 3,285.2
Jim Perry 3,285.2
95 Mark Buehrle 3,283.1
96 Larry Jackson 3,262.2
97 Curt Schilling 3,261
98 Kevin Brown 3,256.1
99 Tim Wakefield 3,226.1
100 Eddie Cicotte 3,226

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


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