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The Top Ten Greatest MLB Strikeout Pitchers of All Time

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10.) Nolan Ryan

  • Nolan Ryan played for the New York Mets, the California Angels, the Houston Astros, and the Texas Rangers.
  • World Series Champion (1969)
  • MLB Record for the Most Career Strikeouts with 5,714

9.) Steve Carlton

  • Steve Carlton played for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Philadelphia Phillies, the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians, and the Minnesota Twins.
  • 2 Time World Series Champion (1967, 1980)
  • 4 Time National League Cy Young Award Winner (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982)

8.) Pedro Martinez

  • Pedro Martinez played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Montreal Expos, the Boston Red Sox, the New York Mets, and the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • World Series Champion (2004)
  • 3 Time Cy Young Award Winner (1997, 1999, 2000)

7.) Christy Mathewson

  1. Christy Mathewson played for the New York Giants and the Cincinnati Reds.
  2. 2 Time World Series Champion (1905, 1921)
  3. 2 Time Triple Crown (1905, 1908)

6.) Bob Gibson

  • Bob Gibson played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 to 1975.
  • 2 Time World Series Champion (1964, 1967)
  • National League MVP (1968)

5.) Randy Johnson

  • Randy Johnson played for the Montreal Expos, the Seattle Mariners, the Houston Astros, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the New York Yankees, and the San Francisco Giants.
  • World Series Champion (2001)
  • World Series MVP (2001)

4.) Roger Clemens

  • Roger Clemens played for the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees, and the Houston Astros.
  • 2 Time World Series Champion (1999, 2000)
  • American League MVP (1986)

3.) Lefty Grove

  • Lefty Grove played for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Sox.
  • 2 Time World Series Champion (1929, 1930)
  • 7 Time American League Strikeout Leader (1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931)

2.) Sandy Koufax

  • Sandy Koufax played for the Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955 to 1966.
  • 4 Time World Series Champion (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965)
  • National League MVP (1963)

1.) Walter Johnson

  • Walter Johnson played for the Washington Senators from 1907 to 1927.
  • World Series Champion (1924)
  • 2 Time American League MVP (1913, 1924)

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