Pitchers and catchers reporting

A 1980s Spring Training game at St. Petersburg's Al Lang Stadium
A 1980s Spring Training game at St. Petersburg’s Al Lang Stadium
Pitchers and catchers are reporting to Spring Training camp today for the Cincinnati Reds, the Cleveland Indians, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants.

Other teams’ pitcher-and-catcher reporting dates are Thursday and Friday, and full workouts mostly begin next week after position players arrive in Florida and Arizona.

Just 46 days until Opening Day!

Happy birthday George Mogridge, pitched NY Yankees’ first no-no

George Mogridge threw the New York Yankees' first no-hitter in 1917, a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
George Mogridge threw the New York Yankees’ first no-hitter in 1917, a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
Happy 127th birthday to George Mogridge, who pitched the New York Yankees’ first no-hitter on April 24, 1917, a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Happy 150th birthday to Ben Sanders, who threw an 1892 no-hitter

Sending 150th birthday wishes out to Ben Sanders, who threw a no-hitter for the Louisville Colonels on Monday, August 22, 1892.

The Colonels that day beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 in a game played at Louisville’s Eclipse Park.

Both ball clubs finished near the bottom of the National League standings in 1892, with the Colonels posting a 63-89 record and the Orioles faring much worse at 46-101.

Nomo, who threw 2 no-nos, joined Dodgers 20 years ago today

Twenty years ago today, the Los Angeles Dodgers introduced 26-year-old Hideo Nomo as the team’s newest pitcher. The five-time Japanese all-star was the first major league player from that country to appear in a U.S. major league game.

Nomo threw one no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers and followed it up five years later with one for the Boston Red Sox. Here they are:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
    Tuesday, September 17, 1996
    Los Angeles Dodgers 9, Colorado Rockies 0
    Coors Field (Denver)
  • Boston Red Sox (AL)
    Wednesday, April 4, 2001
    Boston Red Sox 3, Baltimore Orioles 0
    Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore)

Today would be no-no thrower Don Wilson’s 70th birthday

Today would be the 70th birthday of Don Wilson, who threw no-hitters for the Houston Astros in 1967 and 1969. The right-handed flamethrower, who pitched one game in 1966, was a mainstay of the Houston rotation from 1967 to 1974, winning 104 games.

He died of accidental asphyxiation in his home on Jan. 5, 1975 when he left his car running after pulling into his garage. His son, who was upstairs, also died.

The Astros retired Wilson’s No. 40.

Here are Wilson’s no-nos.

  • Sunday, June 18, 1967
    Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0
    Astrodome (Houston)
  • Thursday, May 1, 1969
    Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
    Crosley Field (Cincinnati)

Could this be the year of the first Padres no-no?

46yearsandcountingWith James Shields, Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy taking the top four spots in the San Diego Padres rotation, could the Friars have their best shot at snapping the franchise’s 46-year no no-no curse?

The newcomer, Shields, took a Kansas City Royals no-no into the sixth inning on May 6, 2013 before losing it on a Dwayne Wise leadoff single. On August 3, 2009, while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays, Shields held the Royals hitless through seven innings before losing the no-no (and eventually the game).

Cashner has taken two Padres no-hitters into later innings, and both times he had to settle for one-hitters. On Sept. 16, 2013 against the Pirates at PNC Park, he pitched six no-hit innings before yielding a Jose Tabata single to right. On April 11, 2014 at Petco Park, Cashner held the Detroit Tigers hitless through five innings when Rajai Davis hit a one-out single to center.

Kennedy, on April 17, 2014, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a Nolan Arenado double down the third base line that hit the bag, making it impossible for third baseman Alexi Amarista to make a save.

On July 20, 2014, Tyson Ross no-hit the New York Mets for four innings before Travis d’Arnaud’s bounced a single down the third base line.

One of those guys is bound to break through, right?

Or maybe the key is the fifth spot, which will likely be given to Brandon Morrow or Odrisamer Despaigne.

Morrow on Aug. 8, 2010 took a Toronto Blue Jays no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays but lost it on a two-out single by Evan Longoria.

Despaigne, on July 20, 2014, took a San Diego Padres no-hitter through 7⅔ innings but lost it on a double by the Mets’ Daniel Murphy. The Padres later won that game on a walk-off infield single in the bottom of the 9th, but it ended like most with no no-no.

So many possibilities for 2015!

Championship of the St. Pete Pelicans (a k a ex-Mets)

Steve Henderson St. Pete Pelicans cardHere’s a little Florida baseball trivia (and Mets trivia) ahead of players flocking to their upcoming Grapefruit League assignments.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the first Senior Professional Baseball Association championship, in which the St. Petersburg Pelicans topped the Palm Beach Tropics 12-4. Lamar Johnson, who last year served as the New York Mets’ hitting coach, hit a home run and drove in three RBIs in that contest.

The Pelicans actually featured a bevy of ex-Mets. Johnson (.372), Steve Henderson (.352) and Len Randle (.349) led St. Pete in offense, and Jon Matlack won 10 games for the club. The Pelicans roster also featured former Mets Dock Ellis (here’s our no-no tie-in), Joe Sambito, Butch Benton, Sergio Ferrer, Gary Rajsich, Jerry Martin and Pat Zachry. It’s like a who’s who of the low-profile ’80s era.

The season was essentially it for the 35-and-older league, as four teams dropped out ahead of the start of the second season. The SPBA folded shortly thereafter.

The Pelicans’ sharp looking dark red and gold uniforms did get a bit of redemption, though. The Tampa Bay Rays, void of many options for throwbacks, wore Pelicans jerseys in a game against the Houston Astros in 2008.

Happy birthday to Scott Erickson, threw Metrodome’s first no-no

A happy 47th birthday to Scott Erickson, who threw the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome’s first no-hitter back in 1994. Erickson no-hit the Milwaukee Brewers on April 27 of that year for a 6-0 victory.

The Metrodome, which had a reputation as a hitter’s park, saw just one other no-hitter during its history from 1982 to 2009 – Eric Milton’s 7-0 no-no against the Anaheim Angels in 1999.

Erickson is best known to this website as one of the 10 pitchers who threw a no-hitter before joining the New York Mets.

Mets sign man who would break no no-no curse, 7 years ago today

Seven years ago today, the New York Mets obtained the man who would eventually break the team’s 50-year streak of never having thrown a no-hitter.

John Santana
John Santana
The Mets dealt outfielder Carlos Gomez and minor-league pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra to the Minnesota Twins to obtain the two-time Cy Young Award winner from Venezuela. The trade was conditional on contract negotiations, and Santana and the Mets agreed to a six-year, $137.5 million contract on Feb. 1, 2008.

On June 1, 2012, Santana threw the Mets’ first no-hitter after 8,019 regular season games without one. Santana’s gem left the San Diego Padres as the only major league team without a no-no.

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