Happy birthday to the man who ended the Mets no-no streak

Happy 35th birthday to Johan Santana, the man who ended the New York Mets’ no no-hitters streak and passed the torch to the San Diego Padres. Here’s our original post from June 1, 2012:

The streak ends at 8,019: Santana no-hits Cards

For the first time in 8,019 games, a New York Mets game has ended with a zero in the opposing team’s “H” column.

Johan Santana threw a no-hitter Friday to accomplish what Nolan Ryan, Tom seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone could do only for other teams – not the Mets.

Santana scattered five walks and struck out eight during the 8-0 victory.

Sanatana’s no-no leaves the San Diego Padres as the only franchise without a no-hitter, and anoints the Padres with newfound infamy as the team with the longest drought. We haven’t yet worked out their current count.

The Mets drought stretched into the team’s 50th season, starting when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Julian Javier singled to left off Mets starter Roger Craig on April 11, 1962, during the Mets franchise’s first Major League game.

In addition to Ryan, Seaver, Gooden, Cone, Mike Scott and Hideo Nomo also pitched no-hitters after leaving the Mets. Nomo is the only pitcher to hurl no-nos both before (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1996) and after (Boston Red Sox, 2001) his stints with the Mets.

The rest of the cast pitching no-hitters before joining the Mets includes Don Cardwell (Chicago Cubs), Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves), Dean Chance (Minnesota Twins), Dock Ellis (Pittsburgh Pirates), John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals), Scott Erickson (Twins), Al Leiter (Florida Marlins) and Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers).

Thank you, Johan for finally breaking the curse.

Cashner having strong spring

Andrew Cashner has had an impressive spring, not giving up a run or walk in nine innings of work. Now the next step in our quest is to cut down on his hits allowed.

Cashner gave up five hits in four innings on Monday as the Padres topped the Colorado Rockies 5-0. NoNoHitters.com’s goal, as always, is zero hits in nine innings.

Cashner of course was the one who took a perfecto into the seventh inning late last season and finished the game with a 2-0 one-hitter over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Let’s pick up where September left off.

A marvelous night for a no-no

April 27, May and Sept. 30 have each had six no-hittersIf there’s going to be a San Diego Padres no-hitter this year, the best chances are on April 27 in Washington against the Nationals, May 15 in Cincinnati against the Reds or Sept. 20 at home against the San Francisco Giants.

Why? Each of those three days – April 27, May 15 or Sept. 20 – share the record for most no-hitters with six.

Throwing no-hitters on April 27 are Jim Tobin, one-time-Padre Tom Phoebus, Steve Busby, Scott Erickson, Derek Lowe and Kevin Milwood. The May 15 crew includes Claude Hendrix, Clyde Shoun, Virgil Trucks, Don Cardwell, Nolan Ryan and Len Barker.

Sept. 20 was good for Larry Corcoran, Jimmy “Nixey” Callahan, Nick Maddox, Frank Smith, Hoyt Wilhelm and Bob Moose.

4 consecutive no-nos? Get Schuster in rotation

How’s this for a resume item to make the Padres this spring:

Patrick Schuster – “While at Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla., I threw four consecutive no-hitters.”

Hired!

For a team who hasn’t thrown a no-no in 45 years, this guy HAS to make the roster. So far this spring, he’s given up 6 hits in 3 innings of work, so he’s got a long way to go.

But, make him a starter. Quickly!

The new nonohitters.com

Mets' NoNoHitters.com site
Mets’ NoNoHitters.com site
Welcome to the new nonohitters.com, which is shifting its focus from the Mets’ streak that ended in 2012 to one owned by the only team in Major League Baseball without a no-no – The San Diego Padres.

If you’re a Mets fan, don’t worry. You can still find all of the historical Mets content at mets.nonohitters.com.

But historical content is just that – history – and it was time to bring this site into to the present (though with a ’70s retro look). The circa-1962 Mets had a seven-year jump on the circa-1969 Padres, so The Friars have nearly 1,000 games to surpass the Mets drought of 8,019 games. And then there’s the Philadelphia Phillies, who went 58 years, 1 month and 18 days without a no-no. The 8,945-game-long Phillies began on May 3, 1906, one game after southpaw Johnny Lush threw a 6-0 no-hitter against the Brooklyn Superbas, and lasted until June 21, 1964, when Jim Bunning threw a 6-0 perfect game against the Mets during a Father’s Day doubleheader at Shea.

The online home for baseball's no-hitters