Weeks away from becoming a free agent, Yu Darvish added a note to his resume that no other pitcher in history can boast.
The 31-year-old right-hander collected the 1,000th strikeout of his young career Friday night against the Colorado Rockies at the expense of Carlos Gonzalez, becoming the fastest pitcher to reach the benchmark in MLB history.
Darvish achieved the feat in his 128th career game and 974th inning of work, surpassing Kerry Wood, who collected his 1,000th K in his 134th game.
Heading into Friday’s contest against the Rockies, Darvish boasted an 11.06 K/9 over his career while punching out 29.6 percent of the batters he faces.
Bob Feller still owns the record for youngest pitcher to record their 1,000th strikeout, after notching it in 1941 at just 22 years old.
The four-time All-Star came over to MLB in 2012 after playing with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Nippon Professional Baseball league. He missed the entirety of the 2015 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March and pitched only 100 1/3 innings in the following season.