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.
( ) Strikeouts for the 2016 season.

A player is considered "inactive" if he has not played baseball for one year or has announced his retirement.
Stats updated through July 25, 2016.

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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 David Cone 2,668
23 CC Sabathia (76) 2,650
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 Charlie Hough 2,362
45 Robin Roberts 2,357
46 Early Wynn 2,334
47 Rube Waddell 2,316
48 Bartolo Colón (70) 2,307
49 Juan Marichal 2,303
50 Dwight Gooden 2,293
51 Lefty Grove 2,266
52 Eddie Plank 2,246
53 Tommy John 2,245
54 Jim Palmer 2,212
55 David Wells 2,201
56 Grover Cleveland Alexander 2,198
57 Félix Hernández (55) 2,197
58 Jake Peavy (83) 2,188
59 Vida Blue 2,175
60 Camilo Pascual 2,167
61 Tim Wakefield 2,156
62 Dennis Martínez 2,149
63 Roy Halladay 2,115
64 John Lackey (133) 2,098
65 Justin Verlander (144) 2,087
66 Kevin Millwood 2,083
67 Bobo Newsom 2,082
68 Tim Hudson 2,080
Rank Player K
69 Ryan Dempster 2,075
70 Fernando Valenzuela 2,074
71 Dazzy Vance 2,045
72 Cole Hamels (120) 2,042
73 Rick Reuschel 2,015
74 Orel Hershiser 2,014
75 Dan Haren 2,013
76 Catfish Hunter 2,012
77 Andy Benes 2,000
78 Billy Pierce 1,999
79 Kevin Appier 1,994
80 Johan Santana 1,988
81 Red Ruffing 1,987
82 John Clarkson 1,978
Zack Greinke (91) 1,978
84 Liván Hernández 1,976
85 Al Leiter 1,974
86 Bob Welch 1,969
87 Kenny Rogers 1,968
88 Whitey Ford 1,956
89 Bobby Witt 1,955
90 Amos Rusie 1,950
91 Danny Darwin 1,942
92 Tom Gordon 1,928
93 James Shields (81) 1,923
94 Hideo Nomo 1,918
95 Jerry Reuss 1,907
96 Josh Beckett 1,901
97 Clayton Kershaw (145) 1,891
98 Barry Zito 1,885
99 Kid Nichols 1,8731
100 Mark Buehrle 1,870
  • ^ Baseball Reference lists Kid Nichols at 1,881 strikeouts and MLB.com credits him with 1,873. Total is listed according to MLB.com.


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