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Dodgers: Max Scherzer Records 3,000th Career Strikeout of Hall of Fame Career

Ace right-hander of the Dodgers and future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer hit a career milestone with some conviction on Sunday in Los Angeles. Scherzer entered his start against the Padres chasing history by 6 strikeouts. With those 6 Ks, he would join the 3,000 strikeout club, joining only 18 other big leaguers in the history of the game.

Scherzer recorded K number 3,000 in the fifth inning against San Diego with a strikeout of Padre first baseman Eric Hosmer. With that K, Scherzer also became the second-fastest hurler to hit 3,000, chasing only Hall of Fame left-hander Randy Johnson.

Perhaps just as impressive, Max recorded his third career immaculate inning in the second inning, striking out the side on just 9 pitches — or, you know… what an immaculate inning is.

Max Scherzer has been better than advertised since joining the Dodgers at the trade deadline. And the fact that he recorded an immaculate inning and strikeout number 3,000 against the Padres, a team he had reportedly been traded to (incorrectly) just adds a little salt to the wound for San Diego and poetry for Dodger fans.

Congratulations to Max Scherzer on number 3,000 and another milestone in a future first-ballot Hall of Fame career.

All-Time Strikeout List (MLB)

  1. Nolan Ryan (5,714)
  2. Randy Johnson (4,875)
  3. Roger Clemens (4,672)
  4. Steve Carlton (4,136)
  5. Bert Blyleven  (3,701)
  6. Tom Seaver (3,640)
  7. Don Sutton (3,574)
  8. Gaylord Perry (3,534)
  9. Walker Johnson (3,508)
  10. Greg Maddux (3,371)
  11. Phil Niekro (3,342)
  12. Fergie Jenkins (3,192)
  13. Pedro Martinez (3,154)
  14. Bob Gibson (3,117)
  15. Curt Schilling (3,116)
  16. CC Sabathia (3,093)
  17. John Smoltz (3,084)
  18. Justin Verlander (3,013)
  19. Max Scherzer (3,000)

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.


  1. Sherzer was absolutely awesome today. It’s a shame he didn’t get the no hitter. 92 pitches in 8 innings is incredibly efficient. He is the best in baseball right now. Every time he walks to the mound, the Dodgers win. Thanks again AF.

  2. Masterful pitching. Not overpowering but dominating. Total control of his pitches. Still can let em rip with 97mph when he needs to. Now let’s lock him up for a couple more years. One of the best pitching performances I’ve seen in a few years. Decent lineup today but wonder who Roberts might “rest” against the D-backs. Giants keep rolling.

  3. Thank you Friedman…The greatest pick up of your tenure ( So Far)….. I know as a fan when I know Sherzer is on the bump , Dodgers are going to win. The man is the best pitcher in baseball, and we’re extremely lucky to have him. To get 3,000 strike outs is incredible and be thankful we don’t have to go up against him any longer. I can’t wait for the 1st game against the Vagiants when they finally have to face Max, not once but twice!!!!! GO DODGERS!!!

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