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Chris Sale broke Kerry Wood's strikeout record

Chris Sale broke Kerry Wood's strikeout record

Chris Sale is now the most strikeout-ingest (we're creating a new word) pitcher in Major League Baseball history.

He's even more strikeout-inger (see?) than Kerry Wood, who previously held the record of accruing 1,500 career whiffs in only 1,303 innings.

With 11 strikeouts of the Blue Jays Tuesday night, Sale reached his 1,500 K in only 1,290 innings, beating Wood by a whopping 13 innings, or 39 outs.

[RELATED: Stephen Strasburg just tied Kerry Wood's prestigious MLB strikeout record]

Sale now has 1,508 strikeouts in 1,295.1 innings in his career. In 2017, the former White Sox southpaw has 264 whiffs and the calendar hasn't even flipped to September yet.

He is on pace for 324 strikeouts, which would be the most since Randy Johnson K'd 334 batters in 2002. Only Clayton Kershaw (301 Ks in 2015) has topped the 300 mark in the last 15 years.

Wood's career was over shortly after he notched his 1,500 strikeout. He finished with 1,582 whiffs in 1,380 innings.

Former Cubs manager Don Baylor has passed away

Former Cubs manager Don Baylor has passed away

Don Baylor has passed away at the age of 68. 

The former Cubs manager died early Monday morning after a battle with multiple myeloma.

Baylor skippered the Cubs from 2000-02, going 187-220 and getting fired during the middle of the '02 season (Dusty Baker took over the next year).

The 2002 Cubs disappointed after getting out to a 34-49 start under Baylor before finishing 67-95.

Baylor's 2001 team finished third in the National League Central, five games behind the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros for the division and wild card spot. That was the year Jon Lieber won 20 games, leading a pitching staff that included 24-year-old Kerry Wood, Tom Gordon as the closer and Kyle Farnsworth, Jeff Fassero and Felix Heredia in the bullpen. 

Sammy Sosa hit 64 homers for Baylor's squad in 2001, finishing second in NL MVP voting behind Barry Bonds and his 73 jacks.

Prior to his time in Chicago, Baylor spent six seasons at the helm of the Colorado Rockies, becoming the first manager in the franchise's history. He went 440-469 with the Rockies, including a trip to the postseason in 1995 and an NL Manager of the Year award that same season.

Baylor also was a heck of a player, racking up 28.3 WAR over his career in 19 years as a designated hitter and outfielder. He won the AL MVP in 1979 with the California Angels, leading the league in games, runs scored (120) and RBI (139).

Over the course of his career, Baylor hit 338 homers and stole 285 bases to go along with a .260 average and .777 OPS.

Baylor was highly regarded around the league even after he retired:

Stephen Strasburg just tied Kerry Wood's prestigious MLB strikeout record

Stephen Strasburg just tied Kerry Wood's prestigious MLB strikeout record

Stephen Strasburg made MLB history Wednesday afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

L.A. shortstop Corey Seager became Strasburg's 1,166th career strikeout victim in the first inning Wednesday as the Nationals star hurler tied Kerry Wood for the most strikeouts in a starting pitcher's first 1,000 innings in baseball history.

It was Strasburg's 82nd strikeout of the season and he entered the day whiffing 9.8 batters per nine innings, which is actually below his career norm (10.5 K/9).

The 28-year-old right-hander has struggled to stay healthy in his career, having made 30 starts in a season just twice in his career. He notched only 47 starts in 2015-16, but struck out a whopping 338 batters in 275 innings.

Strasburg led the league with 242 strikeouts in 215 innings in 2014 for the only 200+ whiff season in his career.

Wood reached the 200-strikeout threshold in four separate seasons — as a rookie in 1998 and then again post-Tommy John surgery in three straight seasons from 2001-03. 

Wood led the majors with 266 whiffs in 211 innings in 2003, but his career as a starter was derailed from there, topping 100 strikeouts in a season just once after that point (144 Ks in 2004).

In 2007, Wood transitioned to a reliever full time and never made another start for the Cubs, Cleveland Indians or New York Yankees in the final six years of his career.

It was late in the 2004 season in which Wood notched the 1,166th strikeout in his 1,000th inning.

He finished his career with 1,582 whiffs in 1,380 innings, good for a 10.3 K/9.

In his first 1,000+ innings, Strasburg's career high is 15 strikeouts in a start, a far cry from Wood's epic 20-strikeout game in 1998. 

Of course, that may be the best pitching performance the game has ever seen:

Wood also struck out 16 batters in a start in August 1998, but never reached the 15K threshold in the rest of his career.