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 June 20, 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 Mickey Lolich 2,832
19 Mike Mussina 2,813
20 Cy Young 2,803
21 CC Sabathia (62) 2,788
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 Jamie Moyer 2,441
40 Luis Tiant 2,416
41 Bartolo Colón (40) 2,405
42 Dennis Eckersley 2,401
43 Kevin Brown 2,397
44 Sandy Koufax 2,396
45 Charlie Hough 2,362
46 Robin Roberts 2,357
47 Early Wynn 2,334
48 Rube Waddell 2,316
49 Juan Marichal 2,303
50 Dwight Gooden 2,293
51 Félix Hernández (22) 2,286
52 Justin Verlander (75) 2,272
53 Lefty Grove 2,266
54 Eddie Plank 2,246
55 Tommy John 2,245
56 John Lackey (77) 2,222
57 Jim Palmer 2,212
58 Jake Peavy 2,207
59 David Wells 2,201
60 Grover Cleveland Alexander 2,198
61 Vida Blue 2,175
62 Camilo Pascual 2,167
63 Tim Wakefield 2,156
64 Dennis Martínez 2,149
65 Cole Hamels (15) 2,137
66 Zack Greinke (111) 2,132
67 Roy Halladay 2,117
68 Kevin Millwood 2,083
Rank Player K
69 Bobo Newsom 2,082
70 Tim Hudson 2,080
71 Ryan Dempster 2,075
72 Fernando Valenzuela 2,074
73 Dazzy Vance 2,045
74 Clayton Kershaw (115) 2,033
75 Rick Reuschel 2,015
Max Scherzer (110) 2,015
77 Orel Hershiser 2,014
78 Dan Haren 2,013
79 Catfish Hunter 2,012
80 Andy Benes 2,000
81 Billy Pierce 1,999
82 James Shields (19) 1,996
83 Kevin Appier 1,994
84 Johan Santana 1,988
85 Red Ruffing 1,987
86 John Clarkson 1,978
87 Liván Hernández 1,976
88 Al Leiter 1,974
89 Bob Welch 1,969
90 Kenny Rogers 1,968
91 Whitey Ford 1,956
92 Bobby Witt 1,955
93 Jon Lester (93) 1,954
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 Barry Zito 1,885


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