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Felix Hernandez becomes fourth-youngest pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts

Aug 26, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

Last night Felix Hernandez beat the Red Sox while racking up seven strikeouts in 7.2 innings of two-run ball and in doing so became the fourth-youngest pitcher in baseball history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts.
Here are the leaders, according to Elias Sports Bureau:

                    YEAR     AGE
Bob Feller          1941     22 years, 179 days
Bert Blyleven       1974     23 years, 131 days
Dwight Gooden       1988     23 years, 249 days
Felix Hernandez     2010     24 years, 139 days

That’s an interesting list, because while Blyleven ranks fifth all time with 3,701 career strikeouts neither Feller nor Gooden crack the top 25. Feller ranks 26th with 2,581 and Gooden ranks 46th with 2,293.
As for King Felix this season, poor run support from the Mariners’ horrendous offense leaves him with a 10-10 record despite leading the league with 205 innings and posting a career-best 2.47 ERA that ranks third in the AL. Last season he finished second in the Cy Young voting while posting a 2.49 ERA in 239 innings, but also had a 19-5 record to help his cause with voters.

  1. BC - Aug 26, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Wow. I would have thought Feller would have had more K’s than that. Though I guess he did miss like 4 years with wartime military service.

  2. Largebill - Aug 26, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    He is actually 5th. They missed Amos Rusie.
    The all time strike out list really shows how batters have changed their approach at the plate. Feller was #3 on the list when he retired and stayed there until 1965 when Spahn in his last outing passed Feller.

  3. GeorgeSteenburgh - Aug 26, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    God only knows why people want to compare players from different generations.

  4. BigdogpoppaD - Aug 26, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Aaron – you show your ignorance of the game. Feller served 4 years in the miltary and they happened to come during the very PRIME of his career. The man was just incredible before and after this gap in his outstanding career and one can only imagine what an uninterupted career might have looked like for this man.

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