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 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 September 14, 2017.

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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 Jim Bunning 2,855
18 CC Sabathia (105) 2,836
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 Javier Vázquez 2,536
31 A. J. Burnett 2,513
32 Christy Mathewson 2,507
33 Don Drysdale 2,486
34 Jack Morris 2,478
Rank Player K
35 Mark Langston 2,464
36 Jim Kaat 2,461
37 Sam McDowell 2,453
38 Andy Pettitte 2,448
39 Bartolo Colón (81) 2,445
40 Jamie Moyer 2,441
41 Luis Tiant 2,416
42 Dennis Eckersley 2,401
43 Justin Verlander (202) 2,399
44 Kevin Brown 2,397
45 Sandy Koufax 2,396
46 Charlie Hough 2,362
47 Robin Roberts 2,357
48 Félix Hernández (72) 2,336
49 Early Wynn 2,334
50 Rube Waddell 2,316
51 Juan Marichal 2,303
52 Dwight Gooden 2,293
53 John Lackey (144) 2,289
54 Lefty Grove 2,266
55 Eddie Plank 2,246
56 Tommy John 2,245
57 Zack Greinke (208) 2,229
58 Jim Palmer 2,212
59 Cole Hamels (89) 2,211
60 Jake Peavy 2,207
61 David Wells 2,201
62 Grover Cleveland Alexander 2,198
63 Vida Blue 2,175
64 Camilo Pascual 2,167
65 Tim Wakefield 2,156
66 Dennis Martínez 2,149
67 Max Scherzer (246) 2,127
68 Roy Halladay 2,117
Rank Player K
69 Clayton Kershaw (194) 2,112
70 Kevin Millwood 2,083
71 Bobo Newsom 2,082
72 Tim Hudson 2,080
73 Ryan Dempster 2,075
74 Fernando Valenzuela 2,074
75 James Shields (90) 2,067
76 Dazzy Vance 2,045
77 Jon Lester (169) 2,030
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 Josh Beckett 1,901
100 Ervin Santana (161) 1,899



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