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3,000 Strikeout Club
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Nolan Ryan is Major League Baseball's all-time strikeout leader at 5,714.

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 3,000 strikeout club is the group of pitchers who have struck out 3,000 or more batters in their careers. Walter Johnson was the first to reach 3,000, doing so in 1923, and was the only pitcher at this milestone for 50 years until Bob Gibson recorded his 3,000th strikeout in 1974. In total, 18 pitchers have reached 3,000 strikeouts, with Justin Verlander, the most recent club member, joining on September 28, 2019. CC Sabathia recently joined Steve Carlton and Randy Johnson as the only left-handed pitchers in this group.[1][2] Randy Johnson was the quickest pitcher to 3,000 strikeouts, taking fewer games pitched or innings pitched than any other pitcher.[3]César Gerónimo is the only player struck out by two different pitchers for their 3,000th strikeout, first by Gibson in 1974 and then Nolan Ryan in 1980.[4] The Minnesota Twins were the first of four franchises to see multiple pitchers record their 3,000th strikeout on their roster, first Walter Johnson (while the franchise was called the Washington Senators) in 1923 and then Bert Blyleven in 1986. The Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros are the others with Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux for the Cubs, Phil Niekro and Sabathia for the Yankees, and Nolan Ryan and Justin Verlander for the Astros. Ten 3,000 strikeout pitchers are also members of the 300 win club.[5] Seven pitchers from this club were named amongst the one hundred greatest players in MLB history as part of the All-Century Team, four of whom were eventually voted as starters for the team by fan vote.[6][7]

Membership in the 3,000 strikeout club is often described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.[8][9] Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, and John Smoltz are the most recently elected individuals, all voted in during 2015 balloting.[10] Of the sixteen eligible members of the 3,000 strikeout club, fourteen have been elected to the Hall. The two who have appeared on a Hall of Fame ballot but have not yet been elected, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, both made their first appearances on the ballot for the 2013 elections. Each received only about half of the total votes needed for induction, with Schilling earning slightly more votes than Clemens.[11] Clemens' future election is seen as uncertain because of his alleged links to use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).[12] Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or deceased for at least six months.[13]

Key

Player Name of the player
Strikeouts Career strikeouts
IP Career innings pitched
Date Date of the pitcher's 3,000th strikeout
Batter The batter struck out for the pitcher's 3,000th strikeout
Team The pitcher's team for his 3,000th strikeout
Seasons The seasons this player played in the major leagues
dagger Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
double-dagger Player is active

Club members

A man in a gray baseball uniform with "ARIZONA" on the chest, a red baseball cap, and a tan baseball glove on his right hand with "51" on its side pitches a baseball with his left hand.
Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, second all-time in strikeouts, is one of only three left-handed pitchers with 3,000 strikeouts in MLB history.
An electronic banner announcing the milestone achievement of John Smoltz recording his 3000th strikeout during a game in April 2008
Player Strikeouts IP K/IP Date Batter Team Seasons
Nolan Ryandagger 5,714[14] 5,386 1.06 July 4, 1980[4] César Gerónimo[4] Houston Astros 1966, 1968-1993
Randy Johnsondagger 4,875[2] 4,135 1/3 1.18 September 10, 2000[4] Mike Lowell[4] Arizona Diamondbacks 1988-2009
Roger Clemens 4,672[15] 4,916 2/3 0.95 July 5, 1998[4] Randy Winn[4] Toronto Blue Jays 1984-2007
Steve Carltondagger 4,136[1] 5,217 1/3 0.79 April 29, 1981[4] Tim Wallach[4] Philadelphia Phillies 1965-1988
Bert Blylevendagger 3,701[16] 4,970 0.74 August 1, 1986[4] Mike Davis[4] Minnesota Twins 1970-1992
Tom Seaverdagger 3,640[17] 4,782 2/3 0.76 April 18, 1981[4] Keith Hernandez[4] Cincinnati Reds 1967-1986
Don Suttondagger 3,574[18] 5,282 1/3 0.68 June 24, 1983[4] Alan Bannister[4] Milwaukee Brewers 1966-1988
Gaylord Perrydagger 3,534[19] 5,350 1/3 0.66 October 1, 1978[4] Joe Simpson[4] San Diego Padres 1962-1983
Walter Johnsondagger 3,508[20] 5,914 2/3 0.59 July 22, 1923 Stan Coveleski Washington Senators 1907-1927
Greg Madduxdagger 3,371[21] 5,008 1/3 0.67 July 26, 2005[22] Omar Vizquel[22] Chicago Cubs 1986-2008
Phil Niekrodagger 3,342[23] 5,404 1/3 0.62 July 4, 1984[4] Larry Parrish[4] New York Yankees 1964-1987
Ferguson Jenkinsdagger 3,192[24] 4,500 2/3 0.71 May 25, 1982[4] Garry Templeton[4] Chicago Cubs 1965-1983
Pedro Martínezdagger 3,154[25] 2,827 1/3 1.12 September 3, 2007[8] Aaron Harang[8] New York Mets 1992-2009
Bob Gibsondagger 3,117[26] 3,884 1/3 0.80 July 17, 1974[4] César Gerónimo[4] St. Louis Cardinals 1959-1975
Curt Schilling 3,116[27] 3,261 0.96 August 30, 2006[28] Nick Swisher[28] Boston Red Sox 1988-2007
CC Sabathia 3,093[29] 3,577 1/3 0.86 April 30, 2019[30] John Ryan Murphy[30] New York Yankees 2001-2019
John Smoltzdagger 3,084[31] 3,473 0.88 April 22, 2008[32] Felipe López[32] Atlanta Braves 1988-1999, 2001-2009
Justin Verlanderdouble-dagger 3,013[33] 2,982 1.01 September 28, 2019[4] Kole Calhoun[4] Houston Astros 2005-present

See also

References

General
  • "Career Leaders & Records for Strikeouts". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Steve Carlton Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Randy Johnson Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ Luft, Jacob (September 20, 2000). "3k the fast way: Big Unit is quickest to 3,000 strikeouts". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Johnson joins 3K club in Arizona's loss to Florida". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Wins". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "The All-Century Team". MLB.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "All-Century Team final voting". ESPN. October 23, 1999. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ a b c Noble, Marty (September 3, 2007). "Pedro records 3,000th strikeout". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Fred (July 20, 2005). "Maddux on the verge of 3,000 strikeouts". Chicago Tribune.
  10. ^ "Hall of Fame Class of 2015" (Press release). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. January 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "2013 Hall of Fame Vote a Shutout" (Press release). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. January 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (January 9, 2012). "Whopper of a list of names await in 2013". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2012. But Clemens is, after [Barry] Bonds, the next face of the steroid era. He has been charged with lying before Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. He has no chance to make it to Cooperstown next year, or for many, many years to come.
  13. ^ "Rules for Election". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  14. ^ "Nolan Ryan Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  15. ^ "Roger Clemens Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  16. ^ "Bert Blyleven Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010.
  17. ^ "Tom Seaver Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  18. ^ "Don Sutton Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010.
  19. ^ "Gaylord Perry Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  20. ^ "Walter Johnson Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010.
  21. ^ "Greg Maddux Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010.
  22. ^ a b Muskat, Carrie (July 26, 2005). "Giant milestone: Maddux fans No. 3,000". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010.
  23. ^ "Phil Niekro Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010.
  24. ^ "Fergie Jenkins Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010.
  25. ^ "Pedro Martínez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  26. ^ "Bob Gibson Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  27. ^ "Curt Schilling Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010.
  28. ^ a b "Schilling reaches 3,000 career strikeouts". ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. August 31, 2006. Retrieved 2010.
  29. ^ "CC Sabathia Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  30. ^ a b "3K for CC! Lefty 17th to achieve K milestone". MLB.com. Retrieved 2019.
  31. ^ "John Smoltz Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  32. ^ a b Bowman, Mark (April 23, 2008). "Smoltz enters exclusive 3,000 K-Zone". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010.
  33. ^ "Justin Verlander Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.


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