Santana throwing near 90 mph in Venezuelan league

Johan Santana, who needs no introduction on this site as he threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets history, is attempting a comeback in the Venezuelan Winter League. Santana, who has missed two seasons due to injury since his June 1, 2012 Mets accomplishment, is throwing hard in his home country for the Navegantes del Magallanes, with some of his fastballs reaching near 90 mph.

The New York Post is reporting that the New York Yankees were in attendance for Tuesday’s game and may be interested.

Here’s a clip of Santana in action:

Bob Forsch, who threw 2 no-hitters, born 65 years ago today

Bob Forsch, who threw no-hitters in 1978 and 1983 for the St. Louis Cardinals, was born 65 years ago today. On April 16, 1978, Forsch no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 5-0 win. On Sept. 26, 1983, the right-hander from Sacramento, California threw a 3-0 no-no against the Montreal Expos. Forsch died in Weeki Wachee, Florida in 2011.

Forsch’s brother, Ken Forsch, also threw a no-hitter while with the Houston Astros – a 6-0 win on over the Atlanta Braves on April 7, 1979.

BMW for a no-no save? No, just a Best Buy gift card.

Washington Nationals left fielder Steven Souza joked after saving Jordan Zimmermann’s season-ending no-hitter that the pitcher owed him a BMW. According to a story on Yahoo! Sports’ Big League Stew page, the present was slightly more reserved.

Zimmermann actually gave Souza a Best Buy gift certificate of undisclosed value.

I wonder what Johan Santana gave Mike Baxter for the no-no saving catch that landed Baxter on the DL. That 2012 grab has to be worth more than a Best Buy card.

On this day in 1892 … Jones throws no-hitter in first appearance

Bumpus JonesOn Oct. 15, 1892, 122 years ago today, Charles Leander “Bumpus” Jones tossed a no-hitter in his first major league appearance for the Cincinnati Reds, topping the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1.

Two other pitchers – Ted Breitenstein of the American Association’s St. Louis Browns (1891) and Bobo Holloman of the American League’s St. Louis Browns (1953) – threw no-hitters in their first starts, but both had first appeared for their teams in relief.

Jones remains the only one to perform the feat in his first time on the mound.

Zimmermann throws Nats’ first no-hitter since D.C. move

For the second consecutive year, baseball has ended the regular season with a no-hitter.

Jordan Zimmermann tossed the Washington Nationals’ first no-no since the franchise’s move to the nation’s capital, finishing the gem on a diving catch by the Nats’ Steven Souza Jr.

Souza, a rookie outfielder inserted as a defensive replacement in the ninth, chased down a two-out deep fly ball to left center and made the grab near the warning track for the game’s final out. Teammates mobbed Zimmermann, who struck out 10 batters and issued just a single walk for the 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.

The losing pitcher was Henderson Alvarez, who tossed a no-no for the Marlins on the last day of the 2013 regular season. That game ended on a rare walk-off wild-pitch.

Although it was the first no-hitter for the Nationals, the franchise did record four no-hitters north of the border as the Montreal Expos:

  • Bill Stoneman, April 17, 1969, against the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Stoneman, Oct. 2, 1972 (game one of doubleheader), against the New York Mets.
  • Charlie Lea, May 10, 1981 (game two of doubleheader), against the San Francisco Giants
  • Dennis Martinez, July 28, 1991, a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers

Perry’s no-hitter, 46 years ago today

Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, who pitched for the San Diego Padres in 1978 and 1979, threw his only career no-hitter 46 years ago today.

Perry, a San Francisco Giants starter with a reputation for doctoring the baseball, had an impressive 2.45 ERA during the 1968 season but run support obviously was an issue as that yielded him just a 16-15 record.

Perry would need just one run of support on Sept. 17, 1968, courtesy of a Ron Hunt first-inning homer, as he no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 1-0 victory at Candlestick Park. Another eventual Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson, took the loss in that game despite yielding just four hits and a walk over his eight innings of work.

Perry seemed to get better with age over his storied 22-year career. After being dealt before the 1978 season by the Texas Rangers to the Padres for Dave Tomlin and $125,000 cash, Perry won his second Cy Young award with a 21-6 record and a 2.73 ERA. Perry also pitched for the Padres in the 1979 season before he was sent back to Texas.

Cashner’s first one-hitter, one year ago today.

As the Padres’ no no-hitter count reaches 7,316 games today (Domonic Brown tagged Ian Kennedy in the second for a homer), we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Andrew Cashner’s first of his two one-hitters.

Cashner was holding the Pittsburgh Pirates without a base runner through six innings on Sept. 16, 2013, but José Tabata led off the seventh inning with a single. Tabata was sent back to the dugout on a double play, and Cashner finished the game with as a 2-0 one-hit shutout, facing the minimum 27 batters. He walked none, and the Padres played flawlessly behind him.

Cashner’s second one-hitter was on April 11 of the season, a 6-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Smith’s no-no vs. Padres, 13 years ago today

For the second day in a row, the Padres can celebrate an anniversary of an opposing pitcher’s no-hitter.

The Padres on Sept. 3, 2001, had barely gotten over getting no-hit by A.J. Burnett a few months earlier when a 21-year-old rookie southpaw named Bud Smith notched another against San Diego, this one in Qualcomm Stadium.

Smith was making his 11th career start and had never lasted past the seventh inning, but he stayed on the mound long enough in this contest to accomplish the rare feat by striking out seven and walking four for the 4-0 victory. Smith’s career lasted just one more year, as he finished with a 7-8 record and 4.95 ERA.

Pappas’ no-no vs. Padres, 42 years ago today

42 years ago today, on Sept. 2, 1972, the Chicago Cubs’ Milt Pappas no-hit the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, becoming the only pitcher in MLB history to lose a perfect game on the 27th batter but still get a no-hitter.

Pappas retired the first 26 Padres he faced and was one out away from a perfect game with a 3-2 count on pinch-hitter Larry Stahl when home plate umpire Bruce Froemming called a ball to issue the base on balls. Pappas started yelling at Froemming and nearly got kicked out of the game.

“I’ve got a call, and I’m not a fan. I’m an umpire,” Froemming told the MLB Network’s Bob Costas.

Pappas managed to get pinch-hitter Garry Jestadt to pop out to second to complete the no-no, an 8-0 victory.

Labor Day divides no-no workload for Phils

It’s labor day, so no major league baseball pitcher should have to throw a no-hitter without a little help from his co-workers.

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels no-hit the Atlanta Braves for 6 innings, and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each contributed with an inning each, as the Phillies tossed a 7-0 combined no-hitter against the Braves at Turner Field on Monday.

The last Phillies no-no was in the 2010 postseason, when Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series.

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