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.

A player is considered "inactive" if he has not played baseball for one year or has announced his retirement.
Stats updated through June 21, 2018.

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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 (61) 2,907
18 Jim Bunning 2,855
19 Mickey Lolich 2,832
20 Mike Mussina 2,813
21 Cy Young 2,803
22 Frank Tanana 2,773
23 David Cone 2,668
24 Chuck Finley 2,610
25 Tom Glavine 2,607
26 Warren Spahn 2,583
27 Bob Feller 2,581
28 Tim Keefe 2,564
29 Jerry Koosman 2,556
30 Justin Verlander (130) 2,546
31 Javier Vázquez 2,536
32 A. J. Burnett 2,513
33 Christy Mathewson 2,507
34 Bartolo Colón (49) 2,503
Rank Player K
35 Don Drysdale 2,486
36 Jack Morris 2,478
37 Mark Langston 2,464
38 Jim Kaat 2,461
39 Sam McDowell 2,453
40 Andy Pettitte 2,448
41 Jamie Moyer 2,441
42 Félix Hernández (76) 2,418
43 Luis Tiant 2,416
44 Dennis Eckersley 2,401
45 Kevin Brown 2,397
46 Sandy Koufax 2,396
47 Charlie Hough 2,362
48 Robin Roberts 2,357
49 Early Wynn 2,334
50 Zack Greinke (95) 2,331
51 Cole Hamels (92) 2,319
52 Rube Waddell 2,316
53 Max Scherzer (161) 2,310
54 Juan Marichal 2,303
55 John Lackey 2,294
56 Dwight Gooden 2,293
57 Lefty Grove 2,266
58 Eddie Plank 2,246
59 Tommy John 2,245
60 Jim Palmer 2,212
61 Jake Peavy 2,207
62 David Wells 2,201
63 Grover Cleveland Alexander 2,198
64 Vida Blue 2,175
65 Clayton Kershaw (53) 2,173
66 Camilo Pascual 2,168
67 Tim Wakefield 2,156
68 Dennis Martínez 2,149
Rank Player K
69 James Shields (68) 2,148
70 Roy Halladay 2,117
71 Jon Lester (70) 2,111
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 Andy Benes 2,000
83 Billy Pierce 1,999
84 Kevin Appier 1,994
85 Johan Santana 1,988
86 Red Ruffing 1,987
87 John Clarkson 1,978
88 Liván Hernández 1,976
89 Al Leiter 1,974
90 Bob Welch 1,969
91 Kenny Rogers 1,968
92 Whitey Ford 1,956
93 Bobby Witt 1,955
94 Amos Rusie 1,950
95 Danny Darwin 1,942
96 Tom Gordon 1,928
97 Hideo Nomo 1,918
98 Jerry Reuss 1,907
99 Ervin Santana 1,905
100 Josh Beckett 1,901



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