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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, and the only pitcher to strike out over 5,000 batters, is Nolan Ryan with 5,714 career strikeouts.

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The List

Rank Player (2009 Strikeouts) 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 Fergie Jenkins 3,192
13 Pedro Martínez (37) 3,154
14 Bob Gibson 3,117
15 Curt Schilling 3,116
16 John Smoltz (73) 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 Chuck Finley 2,610
24 Tom Glavine 2,607
25 Warren Spahn 2,583
26 Bob Feller 2,581
27 Tim Keefe 2,584
28 Jerry Koosman 2,556
29 Christy Mathewson 2,502
30 Don Drysdale 2,486
31 Jack Morris 2,478
32 Mark Langston 2,464
33 Jim Kaat 2,461
Rank Player (2009 Strikeouts) K
34 Sam McDowell 2,453
35 Luis Tiant 2,416
36 Dennis Eckersley 2,401
37 Kevin Brown 2,397
38 Sandy Koufax 2,396
39 Charlie Hough 2,362
40 Robin Roberts 2,357
41 Jamie Moyer (94) 2,342
42 Early Wynn 2,334
43 Rube Waddell 2,316
44 Juan Marichal 2,303
45 Dwight Gooden 2,293
46 Lefty Grove 2,266
47 Javier Vázquez (238) 2,253
48 Eddie Plank 2,246
49 Tommy John 2,245
50 Jim Palmer 2,212
51 David Wells 2,201
52 Pete Alexander 2,198
53 Vida Blue 2,175
54 Camilo Pascual 2,167
55 Andy Pettitte (148) 2,150
56 Dennis Martinez 2,149
57 Bobo Newsom 2,082
58 Fernando Valenzuela 2,074
59 Dazzy Vance 2,045
60 Rick Reuschel 2,015
61 Orel Hershiser 2,014
62 Catfish Hunter 2,012
63 Andy Benes 2,000
64 Billy Pierce 1,999
65 Kevin Appier 1,994
66 Red Ruffing 1,987
Rank Player (2009 Strikeouts) K
67 Tim Wakefield (72) 1,979
68 John Clarkson 1,978
69 Al Leiter 1,974
70 Bob Welch 1,969
71 Kenny Rogers 1,968
72 Whitey Ford 1,956
73 Bobby Witt 1,955
74 Amos Rusie 1,950
75 Danny Darwin 1,942
76 Tom Gordon 1,928
77 Hideo Nomo 1,918
78 Jerry Reuss 1,907
79 Kid Nichols 1,873
80 Mickey Welch 1,850
81 Frank Viola 1,844
82 Charley Radbourn 1,830
83 Pud Galvin 1,807
Kevin Millwood (122) 1,807
85 Tony Mullane 1,803
86 Hal Newhouser 1,796
87 Ron Guidry 1,778
88 John Burkett 1,766
89 Rudy May 1,760
89 Jason Schmidt (8) 1,758
91 Joe Niekro 1,747
92 Sid Fernandez 1,743
93 Dave Stewart 1,741
94 Ed Walsh 1,736
95 Tom Candiotti 1,735
96 Bob Friend 1,734
97 Johan Santana (146) 1,733
98 Joe Coleman 1,728
Milt Pappas 1,728
100 Kevin Gross 1,727


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Stats are as of the end of the 2009 Major League Baseball season.

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