3,000 strikeouts

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For decades, a pitcher recording 3,000 strikeouts was an almost unheard of accomplishment, as only Walter Johnson had managed the feat in baseball's first 100 years following the creation of the National Association. He was joined by Bob Gibson in 1974. In 2021, Max Scherzer became the 19th pitcher to reach the mark.

The members[edit]

Player Strikeouts Date of 3,000th Teams Seasons
Nolan Ryan 5,714 July 4, 1980 New York (NL), California, Houston (NL), Texas 1966-1993
Randy Johnson 4,875 September 10, 2000 Montréal, Seattle, Houston (NL), Arizona, New York (AL), San Francisco 1988-2009
Roger Clemens 4,672 July 5, 1998 Boston (AL), Toronto, New York (AL), Houston (NL) 1984-2007
Steve Carlton 4,136 April 29, 1981 St. Louis (NL), Philadelphia (NL), San Francisco, Chicago (AL), Cleveland, Minnesota 1965-1988
Bert Blyleven 3,701 August 1, 1986 Minnesota, Texas, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, California 1970-1992
Tom Seaver 3,640 April 18, 1981 New York (NL), Cincinnati, Chicago (AL), Boston (AL) 1967-1986
Don Sutton 3,574 June 24, 1983 Los Angeles (NL), Houston (NL), Milwaukee (AL), Oakland, California 1966-1988
Gaylord Perry 3,534 October 1, 1978 San Francisco, Cleveland, Texas, San Diego, New York (AL), Atlanta, Seattle, Kansas City 1962-1983
Walter Johnson 3,509 July 22, 1923 Washington (AL) 1907-1927
Greg Maddux 3,371 July 26, 2005 Chicago (NL), Atlanta, Los Angeles (NL), San Diego 1986-2008
Phil Niekro 3,342 July 4, 1984 Milwaukee/Atlanta, New York (AL), Cleveland, Toronto 1964-1987
Fergie Jenkins 3,192 May 25, 1982 Philadelphia (NL), Chicago (NL), Texas, Boston (AL) 1965-1983
Pedro Martinez 3,154 September 3, 2007 Los Angeles (NL), Montréal, Boston (AL), New York (NL), Philadelphia (NL) 1992-2009
Bob Gibson 3,117 July 17, 1974 St. Louis (NL) 1959-1975
Curt Schilling 3,116 August 30, 2006 Baltimore, Houston (NL), Philadelphia (NL), Arizona, Boston (AL) 1988-2007
CC Sabathia 3,093 April 30, 2019 Cleveland, Milwaukee (NL), New York (AL) 2001-2019
John Smoltz 3,084 April 22, 2008 Atlanta, Boston (AL), St. Louis (NL) 1988-2009
Justin Verlander* 3,013 September 28, 2019 Detroit, Houston (AL) 2005-present
Max Scherzer** 3,003 September 12, 2021 Arizona, Detroit, Washington (NL), Los Angeles (NL) 2008-present

* Active player; total as of end of 2020 season ** Active player; total as of the end of the game in which he recorded his 3,000th strikeout

Further Reading[edit]

  • Matt Kelly: "This exclusive club could get new member tonight: Baseball's 3,000-strikeout fraternity is probably smaller than you think", mlb.com, April 24, 2019. [1]

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