8. Bob Gibson’s 3,117 strikeouts
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Maybe we should just rename this list the Bob Gibson list. The vaunted righthander and main reason baseball lowered the pitcher’s mound has many of the St. Louis Cardinals’ team pitching records. That includes both single-season and career strikeouts.
Gibson K’d 274 batters for the 1970 St. Louis Cardinals. By the time his 17-year career was done, he was pretty high on the All-Time list with his 3,117. Now, he ranks 14th. Don Sutton, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson are several of the Hall-of-Fame pitchers who have passed him since his retirement.
No active pitcher is really close, either. Sabathia is the closest active pitcher with 2574, but his left arm is shot. Wainwright (above) is second on the Cardinals’ all-time list, but he has just 1,306.
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