Max Scherzer joined these 18 pitchers in the 3,000 strikeout club

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Max Scherzer is the 19th pitcher to hit the 3,000 strikeout plateau

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Max Scherzer made baseball history on Sunday, hurling his 3,000th strikeout to become a member of the vaunted 3,000 strikeout club. Scherzer supplanted Justin Verlander as the most recent entry into the club and trails the Houston Astros pitcher by just 10 career strikeouts. At just 36 years of age, Scherzer has a good shot of climbing up the career strikeout leader list. Below is a post of the 18 men he'll be chasing. Coming up just behind him is Zack Greinke (2,799) and Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Clayton Kershaw (2,658).

Nolan Ryan — 5,714

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: July 4, 1980. Team: Houston Astros. Batter: Cesar Geronimo.

Randy Johnson — 4,875

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: September 10, 2000. Team: Arizona Diamondbacks. Batter: Mike Lowell.

Roger Clemens — 4,672

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: July 5, 1998. Team: Toronto Blue Jays. Batter: Randy Winn.

Steve Carlton — 4,136

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: April 29, 1981. Team: Philadelphia Phillies. Batter: Tim Wallach.

Bert Blyleven — 3,701

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: August 1, 1986. Team: Minnesota Twins. Batter: Mike Davis.

Tom Seaver — 3,640

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: April 18, 1981. Team: Cincinnati Reds. Batter: Keith Hernandez.

Don Sutton — 3,574

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: June 24, 1983. Team: Milwaukee Brewers. Batter: Alan Bannister.

Gaylord Perry — 3,534

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: October 1, 1978. Team: San Diego Padres. Batter: Joe Simpson.

Walter Johnson — 3,508

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: July 22, 1923. Team: Washington Senators. Batter: Stan Coveleski.

Greg Maddux — 3,371

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: July 26, 2005. Team: Chicago Cubs. Batter: Omar Vizquel.

Phil Niekro — 3,342

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: July 4, 1984. Team: New York Yankees. Batter: Larry Parrish.

Ferguson Jenkins — 3,192

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: May 25, 1982. Team: Chicago Cubs. Batter: Garry Templeton.

Pedro Martinez — 3,154

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: September 3, 2007. Team: New York Mets. Batter: Aaron Harang.

Bob Gibson — 3,117

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: July 17, 1974. Team: St. Louis Cardinals. Batter: Cesar Geronimo.

Curt Schilling — 3,116

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: August 30, 2006. Team: Boston Red Sox. Batter: Nick Swisher.

CC Sabathia — 3,093

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: April 30, 2019. Team: New York Yankees. Batter: John Ryan Murphy.

John Smoltz — 3,084

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: April 22, 2008. Team: Atlanta Braves. Batter: Felipe Lopez.

Justin Verlander — 3,013

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Date of 3,000th strikeout: September 28, 2019. Team: Houston Astros. Batter: Kole Calhoun.

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