Which is more rare, a pitcher throwing a no hitter or a batter hitting for the cycle (a single, double, triple and home run in one game)?
Turns out that throwing a no hitter is slightly rarer than hitting for cycle, at least since a Major League Baseball committee tightened its definition of a no hitter in 1991, knocking 50 of such feats off the record books.
So why have 10 Mets players hit for cycle, yet just one has hurled a no hitter?
Players have had 297 hits for cycle (277 in the N.L. and A.L.), while there have been 280 sanctioned no-hitters thrown in Major League history (257 in the N.L. and A.L., with the others in the American Association, United Association and the Federal League). The 50 no-nos thrown out the the Committee for Statistical Accuracy either involved games not lasting the full nine innings or games in which the pitcher yielded an extra-inning hit after no-hitting through nine.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of these two rare feats:
||Hits for Cycle
|Total in history||280||297|
|Average per season (through 2010)||2.01||2.19|
Johan Santana, June 1, 2012
Aug. 7, 1963
July 6, 1970
June 25, 1976
July 4, 1985
Aug. 1, 1989
July 3, 1996
Sept. 11, 1997
July 29, 2004
June 21, 2006
April 27, 2012
|San Diego Padres||San Diego Padres