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In Major League Baseball, the 3000 strikeout club is an informal term applied to the group of pitchers who have struck out 3000 or more batters in their careers.

The club's "founding member" was Walter Johnson in 1923. He was the only pitcher to have reached this milestone until Bob Gibson recorded his 3000th strikeout in 1974. Since then, sixteen more hurlers have joined the club. This recent increase may be explained by the existence of more free-swinging hitters than before, corresponding with an increase in the number of home runs. Nevertheless, 3000 strikeouts remains a very notable feat, as there are only 17 members of this elite corps.

The club includes only 2 left-handed members, Steve Carlton and Randy Johnson.

The Club

Statistics are current throughApril 30, 2019.
NOTE: C.C. Sabathia's number will likely change, as he is still pitching tonight.

Pitcher Strikeouts Date of 3000th Seasons
Nolan Ryan* 5714 July 4, 1980 1966-93
Randy Johnson* 4875 September 10, 2000 1988-2009
Roger Clemens 4672 July 5, 1998 1984-2007
Randy Johnson* 4544 September 10, 2000 1988-2009
Steve Carlton* 4136 April 29, 1981 1965-88
Bert Blyleven* 3701 August 1, 1986 1970-92
Tom Seaver* 3640 April 18, 1981 1967-86
Don Sutton* 3574 June 24, 1983 1966-88
Gaylord Perry* 3534 October 1, 1978 1962-83
Walter Johnson* 3509 July 22, 1923 1907-27
Greg Maddux* 3371 July 26, 2005 1986-2008
Phil Niekro* 3342 July 4, 1984 1964-87
Fergie Jenkins* 3192 May 25, 1982 1965-83
Pedro Martinez* 3154 September 3, 2007 1992-2009
Bob Gibson* 3117 July 17, 1974 1959-75
Curt Schilling 3116 August 30, 2006 1988-2007
John Smoltz* 3084 April 22, 2008 1988-1999, 2001-09
C.C. Sabathia 3002 April 30, 2019 2001-2019

An * indicates that that player has made the Hall of Fame.

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