List of Major League Baseball career strikeouts by batters leaders

In baseball, a strikeout (or strike-out) occurs when a batter accumulates three strikes during a time at bat (i.e. the batter fails to hit the ball in three successive pitches). It usually means the batter is out. A strikeout is a statistic recorded for both pitchers and batters, and is denoted by K.[1]

Reggie Jackson holds the record for the most career strikeouts by a batter with 2,597. Jim Thome (2,548), Adam Dunn (2,379), Sammy Sosa (2,306), Alex Rodriguez (2,287) and Andres Galarraga (2,003) are the only other hitters to strikeout over 2,000 times.

Key

RankRank amongst leaders in career strikeouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2018 Ks)Number of strikeouts during the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
KTotal career strikeouts.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List

  • Stats updated as of August 23, 2018.
Rank Player (2018 Ks) K
1 Reggie Jackson * 2,597
2 Jim Thome * 2,548
3 Adam Dunn 2,379
4 Sammy Sosa 2,306
5 Alex Rodriguez 2,287
6 Andrés Galarraga 2,003
7 Jose Canseco 1,942
8 Willie Stargell * 1,936
9 Mike Cameron 1,901
10 Mike Schmidt * 1,883
11 Fred McGriff 1,882
12 Tony Pérez * 1,867
13 Mark Reynolds (46) 1,852
14 Ryan Howard 1,843
15 Bobby Abreu 1,840
Derek Jeter 1,840
17 Dave Kingman 1,816
18 Manny Ramírez 1,813
19 Curtis Granderson (96) 1,808
20 Alfonso Soriano 1,803
21 Carlos Beltrán 1,795
22 Ken Griffey Jr. * 1,779
23 Bobby Bonds 1,757
24 Craig Biggio * 1,753
25 David Ortiz 1,750
26 Andruw Jones 1,748
Dale Murphy 1,748
28 Carlos Delgado 1,745
29 Torii Hunter 1,741
30 Lou Brock * 1,730
31 Jim Edmonds 1,729
32 Adrián Beltré (79) 1,714
33 Mickey Mantle * 1,710
34 Harmon Killebrew * 1,699
35 Chili Davis 1,698
36 Dwight Evans 1,697
37 Rickey Henderson * 1,694
38 Justin Upton (143) 1,687
39 Dave Winfield * 1,686
40 Chris Davis (158) 1,662
41 Miguel Cabrera (27) 1,653
42 Derrek Lee 1,622
43 Reggie Sanders 1,614
44 Gary Gaetti 1,602
45 Mark McGwire 1,596
46 Carlos Peña 1,577
47 Jason Giambi 1,572
48 Lee May 1,570
49 Pat Burrell 1,564
50 Matt Kemp (96) 1,563
Rank Player (2018 Ks) K
51 Melvin Upton Jr. 1,561
52 Jeff Bagwell * 1,558
53 Dick Allen 1,556
54 Ray Lankford 1,550
Willie McCovey * 1,550
56 Barry Bonds 1,539
57 Dave Parker 1,537
58 Frank Robinson * 1,532
59 Lance Parrish 1,527
60 Willie Mays * 1,526
Devon White 1,526
62 Jeff Kent 1,522
63 Eddie Murray * 1,516
64 Rick Monday 1,513
Greg Vaughn 1,513
66 Andre Dawson * 1,509
67 Tony Phillips 1,499
68 Greg Luzinski 1,495
69 Eddie Mathews * 1,487
70 Iván Rodríguez * 1,474
71 Mike Napoli (0) 1,468
72 Frank Howard 1,460
73 Jorge Posada 1,453
74 Jhonny Peralta (0) 1,450
Jayson Werth 1,450
76 Jay Bell 1,443
77 Juan Samuel 1,442
78 Harold Baines 1,441
Jack Clark 1,441
Mark Teixeira 1,441
81 Mo Vaughn 1,429
82 Jimmy Wynn 1,427
83 Jay Bruce (48) 1,426
84 Jim Rice * 1,423
85 George Foster 1,419
86 George Scott 1,418
87 Royce Clayton 1,415
88 Ron Gant 1,411
89 Darrell Evans 1,410
Scott Rolen 1,410
91 Rob Deer 1,409
Chipper Jones * 1,409
93 Adam LaRoche 1,407
94 Jay Buhner 1,406
95 Nelson Cruz (91) 1,405
96 Adrián González (34) 1,401
97 Eric Davis 1,398
98 Frank Thomas * 1,397
99 Carl Yastrzemski * 1,393
100 José Hernández 1,391
Paul Konerko 1,391

Notes

  1. A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.
  1. Major League Baseball (2001–2009). "Baseball Basics: Abbreviations". Retrieved September 2, 2009.
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