Reggie Jackson, the all-time leader in strikeouts by a batter
Reggie Jackson, the all-time leader in strikeouts by a batter

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[2][3][4] holds the record for the most career strikeouts by a batter with 2,597.[5] Jim Thome[6] (2,548), Adam Dunn[7] (2,379), Sammy Sosa[8] (2,306), Alex Rodriguez[9] (2,287) and Andrés Galarraga[10] (2,003) are the only other hitters to strikeout over 2,000 times.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career strikeouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2022 Ks) Number of strikeouts during the 2022 Major League Baseball season.
K Total career strikeouts.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List

Miguel Cabrera, the active leader and 6th all-time in strikeouts by a batter.
Miguel Cabrera, the active leader and 6th all-time in strikeouts by a batter.
Rank Player (2022 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 Miguel Cabrera (75) 2,005
7 Andrés Galarraga 2,003
8 Justin Upton (23) 1,971
9 Jose Canseco 1,942
10 Willie Stargell * 1,936
11 Mark Reynolds 1,927
12 Curtis Granderson 1,916
13 Mike Cameron 1,901
14 Mike Schmidt * 1,883
15 Fred McGriff 1,882
16 Tony Pérez * 1,867
17 Chris Davis 1,852
18 Ryan Howard 1,843
19 Bobby Abreu 1,840
Derek Jeter * 1,840
21 Nelson Cruz (80) 1,831
22 Dave Kingman 1,816
23 Manny Ramírez 1,813
24 Alfonso Soriano 1,803
25 Carlos Beltrán 1,795
26 Ken Griffey Jr. * 1,779
27 Bobby Bonds 1,757
28 Craig Biggio * 1,753
29 David Ortiz * 1,750
30 Andruw Jones 1,748
Dale Murphy 1,748
32 Carlos Delgado 1,745
33 Torii Hunter 1,741
34 Adrián Beltré 1,732
35 Lou Brock * 1,730
36 Jim Edmonds 1,729
37 Mickey Mantle * 1,710
38 Harmon Killebrew * 1,699
39 Chili Davis 1,698
40 Dwight Evans 1,697
41 Rickey Henderson * 1,694
42 Dave Winfield * 1,686
43 Giancarlo Stanton (92) 1,651
44 Matt Kemp 1,641
45 Derrek Lee 1,622
46 Reggie Sanders 1,614
47 Gary Gaetti 1,602
48 Mark McGwire 1,596
49 Evan Longoria (43) 1,583
50 Shin-Soo Choo 1,579
Rank Player (2022 Ks) K
51 Carlos Peña 1,577
52 Jay Bruce 1,572
Jason Giambi 1,572
54 Lee May 1,570
55 Pat Burrell 1,564
56 Melvin Upton Jr. 1,561
57 Jeff Bagwell * 1,558
58 Dick Allen 1,556
59 Joey Votto (73) 1,554
60 Ray Lankford 1,550
Willie McCovey * 1,550
62 Barry Bonds 1,539
63 Dave Parker 1,537
64 Alex Gordon 1,535
65 Frank Robinson * 1,532
66 Lance Parrish 1,527
67 Willie Mays * 1,526
Devon White 1,526
69 Jeff Kent 1,522
70 Eddie Murray * 1,516
71 Rick Monday 1,513
Greg Vaughn 1,513
73 Andre Dawson * 1,509
74 Tony Phillips 1,499
75 Greg Luzinski 1,495
76 Paul Goldschmidt (84) 1,488
77 Eddie Mathews * 1,487
78 Andrew McCutchen (66) 1,484
79 Iván Rodríguez * 1,474
80 Mike Napoli 1,468
81 Frank Howard 1,460
82 Jorge Posada 1,453
83 Jhonny Peralta 1,450
Jayson Werth 1,450
85 Jay Bell 1,443
86 Juan Samuel 1,442
87 Harold Baines * 1,441
Jack Clark 1,441
Mark Teixeira 1,441
90 Mo Vaughn 1,429
91 Jimmy Wynn 1,427
92 Edwin Encarnación 1,426
93 Jim Rice * 1,423
94 George Foster 1,419
95 George Scott 1,418
96 Royce Clayton 1,415
97 Ron Gant 1,411
98 Darrell Evans 1,410
Scott Rolen 1,410
100 Rob Deer 1,409
Chipper Jones * 1,409

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

  1. ^ Major League Baseball (2001–2009). "Baseball Basics: Abbreviations".
  2. ^ "Reggie Jackson Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "Reggie Jackson Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  4. ^ Leavengood, Ted. "Reggie Jackson Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "Career Leaders For Striking Out". Baseball Alamanc. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  6. ^ "Jim Thome Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "Adam Dunn Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  8. ^ "Sammy Sosa Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  9. ^ "Alex Rodriguez Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "Andrés Galarraga Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.