List of top 100 Major League Baseball strikeout pitchers

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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.

The pitcher with the most career strikeouts in Major League Baseball is Nolan Ryan, who struck out 5,714 batters during his career.

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RankPlayer (2013 Strikeouts)K
1Nolan Ryan5,714
2Randy Johnson4,875
3Roger Clemens4,672
4Steve Carlton4,136
5Bert Blyleven3,701
6Tom Seaver3,640
7Don Sutton3,574
8Gaylord Perry3,534
9Walter Johnson3,508
10Greg Maddux3,371
11Phil Niekro3,342
12Ferguson Jenkins3,192
13Pedro Martínez3,154
14Bob Gibson3,117
15Curt Schilling3,116
16John Smoltz3,084
17Jim Bunning2,855
18Mickey Lolich2,832
19Mike Mussina2,813
20Cy Young2,803
21Frank Tanana2,773
22David Cone2,668
23Chuck Finley2,610
24Tom Glavine2,607
25Warren Spahn2,583
26Bob Feller2,581
27Tim Keefe2,564
28Jerry Koosman2,556
29Javier Vázquez2,536
30Christy Mathewson2,502
31Don Drysdale2,486
32Jack Morris2,478
33Mark Langston2,464
34Jim Kaat2,461
RankPlayer (2013 Strikeouts)K
35Sam McDowell2,453
36Andy Pettitte (123)2,443
37Jamie Moyer2,441
38Luis Tiant2,416
39Dennis Eckersley2,401
40Kevin Brown2,397
41Sandy Koufax2,396
42CC Sabathia (175)2,389
43Charlie Hough2,362
44Robin Roberts2,357
45Early Wynn2,334
46Rube Waddell2,316
47Juan Marichal2,303
48Dwight Gooden2,293
49Lefty Grove2,266
50Eddie Plank2,246
51Tommy John2,245
52Jim Palmer2,212
53David Wells2,201
54Grover Cleveland Alexander2,198
55Vida Blue2,175
56A. J. Burnett (209)2,174
57Camilo Pascual2,167
58Tim Wakefield2,156
59Dennis Martínez2,149
60Roy Halladay (51)2,117
61Kevin Millwood2,083
62Bobo Newsom2,082
63Ryan Dempster (157)2,075
64Fernando Valenzuela2,074
65Dazzy Vance2,045
66Rick Reuschel2,015
67Orel Hershiser2,014
68Catfish Hunter2,012
RankPlayer (2013 Strikeouts)K
69Andy Benes2,000
70Billy Pierce1,999
71Kevin Appier1,994
72Johan Santana (0)1,988
73Red Ruffing1,987
74John Clarkson1,978
75Liván Hernández (FA)1,976
76Al Leiter1,974
77Bob Welch1,969
78Kenny Rogers1,968
79Whitey Ford1,956
80Bobby Witt1,955
81Amos Rusie1,950
82(t)Bartolo Colón (109)1,942
82(t)Danny Darwin1,942
84Tom Gordon1,928
85Hideo Nomo1,918
86Jerry Reuss1,907
87Tim Hudson (95)1,896
88(t)Kid Nichols1,881
88(t)Barry Zito (84)1,881
90Jake Peavy (116)1,864
91(t)Roy Oswalt (32)1,850
91(t)Mickey Welch1,850
93Frank Viola1,844
94Charley Radbourn1,830
95Pud Galvin1,807
96Tony Mullane1,803
97Hal Newhouser1,796
98Josh Beckett (41)1,794
99Ron Guidry1,778
100Randy Wolf (FA)1,767


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