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 April 22, 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 Frank Tanana 2,773
22 CC Sabathia (14) 2,740
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 Dennis Eckersley 2,401
42 Kevin Brown 2,397
43 Sandy Koufax 2,396
44 Bartolo Colón (18) 2,383
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 (20) 2,284
52 Lefty Grove 2,266
53 Eddie Plank 2,246
54 Tommy John 2,245
55 Justin Verlander (22) 2,219
56 Jim Palmer 2,212
57 Jake Peavy 2,207
58 David Wells 2,201
59 Grover Cleveland Alexander 2,198
60 Vida Blue 2,175
61 Camilo Pascual 2,167
62 John Lackey (19) 2,164
63 Tim Wakefield 2,156
64 Dennis Martínez 2,149
65 Cole Hamels (14) 2,136
66 Roy Halladay 2,117
67 Kevin Millwood 2,083
68 Bobo Newsom 2,082
Rank Player K
69 Tim Hudson 2,080
70 Ryan Dempster 2,075
71 Fernando Valenzuela 2,074
72 Dazzy Vance 2,045
73 Zack Greinke (20) 2,041
74 Rick Reuschel 2,015
75 Orel Hershiser 2,014
76 Dan Haren 2,013
77 Catfish Hunter 2,012
78 Andy Benes 2,000
79 Billy Pierce 1,999
80 Kevin Appier 1,994
81 James Shields (16) 1,993
82 Johan Santana 1,988
83 Red Ruffing 1,987
84 John Clarkson 1,978
85 Liván Hernández 1,976
86 Al Leiter 1,974
87 Bob Welch 1,969
88 Kenny Rogers 1,968
89 Whitey Ford 1,956
90 Bobby Witt 1,955
91 Clayton Kershaw (32) 1,950
Amos Rusie 1,950
93 Danny Darwin 1,942
94 Tom Gordon 1,928
95 Hideo Nomo 1,918
96 Jerry Reuss 1,907
97 Max Scherzer (34) 1,905
98 Josh Beckett 1,901
99 Barry Zito 1,885
100 Jon Lester (22) 1,882


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