Scherzer surpasses Niekro for 11th on all-time strikeout list

Scherzer surpasses Niekro for 11th on all-time strikeout list

Texas Rangers right-hander Max Scherzer now ranks 11th on the all-time strikeout list after recording the 3,343rd K of his illustrious career Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Career strikeout No. 3,343 moves Max Scherzer past Phil Niekro and into 11th place on the all-time list! pic.twitter.com/nSNT0IaXD6

— MLB (@MLB) August 20, 2023

Scherzer surpassed Hall of Famer and five-time All-Star Phil Niekro in the ranks. The momentous punchout came against Brewers second baseman Brice Turang.

The three-time Cy Young winner finished with four strikeouts to give him 3,344. He only lasted 3 2/3 innings in a 6-2 loss against Milwaukee.

Next up for Scherzer – MLB’s active strikeout leader – is Greg Maddux, who recorded 3,371 over his career.

Rank
Pitcher
Strikeout

1
Nolan Ryan
5714

2
Randy Johnson
4875

3
Roger Clemens
4672

4
Steve Carlton
4136

5
Bert Blyleven
3701

6
Tom Seaver
3640

7
Don Sutton
3574

8
Gaylord Perry
3534

9
Walter Johnson
3508

10
Maddux
3371

11
Scherzer
3344

Every pitcher above Scherzer on the list, except for Clemens, is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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