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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 ClubEdit

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

PitcherStrikeoutsDate of 3000thSeasons
Nolan Ryan*5714July 4, 19801966-93
Randy Johnson* 4875 September 10, 2000 1988-2009
Roger Clemens4672July 5, 19981984-2007
Randy Johnson*4544September 10, 20001988-2009
Steve Carlton*4136April 29, 19811965-88
Bert Blyleven*3701August 1, 19861970-92
Tom Seaver*3640April 18, 19811967-86
Don Sutton*3574June 24, 19831966-88
Gaylord Perry*3534October 1, 19781962-83
Walter Johnson*3509July 22, 19231907-27
Greg Maddux*3371July 26, 20051986-2008
Phil Niekro* 3342 July 4, 1984 1964-87
Fergie Jenkins*3192May 25, 19821965-83
Pedro Martinez* 3154 September 3, 2007 1992-2009
Bob Gibson*3117July 17, 19741959-75
Curt Schilling3116August 30, 20061988-2007
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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