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Verlander tosses second no-no, 6 years ago today

verlander35The Detroit Tigers’ Verlander threw his second career no-hitter, six years ago today.

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, Verlander no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays for a 9-0 victory at the Rogers Centre. Verlander walked just one batter in the eighth inning while striking out 4.

The New York Giants' Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
Also throwing a no-no on this date is the New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes.

Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds on Sunday, May 7, 1922 for a 6-0 win. Barnes faced the minimum 27 batters, walking Cy Williams in the fifth inning but retiring him and batter Art Fletcher on a double play.

Philadelphia coaches asked for the game ball in the middle of the seventh inning and showed umpire Bob Hart several cuts, prompting Hart to throw it out of the game.

Verlander tosses second no-no, 5 years ago today

verlander35The Detroit Tigers’ Verlander threw his second career no-hitter, five years ago today.

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, Verlander no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays for a 9-0 victory at the Rogers Centre. Verlander walked just one batter in the eighth inning while striking out 4.

The New York Giants' Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
Also throwing a no-no on this date is the New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes.

Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds on Sunday, May 7, 1922 for a 6-0 win. Barnes faced the minimum 27 batters, walking Cy Williams in the fifth inning but retiring him and batter Art Fletcher on a double play.

Philadelphia coaches asked for the game ball in the middle of the seventh inning and showed umpire Bob Hart several cuts, prompting Hart to throw it out of the game.

No-no birthday wishes to Verlander, Wright, Wilson, Davenport

Dave Davenport pitched the fifth (and final) no-hitter in the Federal League for the St. Louis Terriers.
Dave Davenport pitched the fifth (and final) no-hitter in the Federal League for the St. Louis Terriers.
Happy birthday to four no-no pitchers: Justin Verlander, who threw two no-nos for the Detroit Tigers, Clyde Wright, who threw one for the California Angels, Jim Wilson, who tossed one for the Milwaukee Braves, and Dave Davenport, who threw one for the St. Louis Terriers of the Federal League.

Verlander, who turns 33 today, threw his on:

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2007
    Detroit Tigers 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
    Comerica Park (Detroit)
  • Saturday, May 7, 2011
    Detroit Tigers 9, Toronto Blue Jays 0
    Rogers Centre (Toronto)

Wright, who turns 75, threw his on:

  • Friday, July 3, 1970
    California Angels 4, Oakland Athletics 0
    Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)

Wilson, born 94 years ago on this day, threw his on:

  • Sunday, June 12, 1954
    Milwaukee Braves 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0
    Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)

Davenport, born 126 years ago on this day, threw his on:

  • Tuesday, September 7, 1915 (First game of doubleheader)
    St. Louis Terriers 3, Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales 0
    Handlan’s Park (St. Louis)

Does $20M a year set the bar for a no-hitter?

Does Zack Greinke's new contract turn up the heat to toss a no-hitter?
Does Zack Greinke’s new contract turn up the heat to toss a no-hitter?
It appears that if you want to have at least one career no-hitter under your belt these days, it helps to make at least $20 million a season.

Off-season contracts have been skyrocketing lately, and it appears that the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke and the Boston Red Sox’s David Price owe their fans some no-nos. The other two pitchers to net big raises ahead of 2016’s Opening Day, Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmermann, already notched their no-hitters during their time with Washington Nationals.

Pitcher Team Avg. Salary Year No-nos
Zack Greinke ARZ $34.4 million 2016 0
David Price BOS $31 million 2016 0
Max Scherzer DET $30 million 2016 2
Jordan Zimmermann DET $22 million 2016 1

Of the other pitchers to earn more than $20 million per season, only Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka failed to achieve the rare feat:

Pitcher Team Salary Year No-nos
Clayton Kershaw LAD $32.6 million 2015 1
Justin Verlander DET $38 million 2015 2
Johan Santana NYM $25.5 million 2013 1
Cliff Lee PHI $25 million 2013 0
Felix Hernandez SEA $24.9 million 2015 1
CC Sabathia NYY $24.3 million 2010 0
Cole Hamels PHI/TEX $23.5 million 2015 1
Tim Lincecum SFG $22 million 2013 2
Masahiro Tanaka NYY $22 million 2015 0
Matt Cain SFG $21 million 2015 1

Verlander nearly joins exclusive 3 no-hitter club

The Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander fell three outs short of throwing his third career no-hitter on Wednesday night, missing the milestone on Chris Iannetta’s ninth-inning double.

Verlander would have become only the sixth pitcher in baseball history to throw three no-nos, joining Larry Corcoran, Cy Young, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan in the exclusive club. Koufax threw a fourth no-no (a perfect game), and Ryan threw a total of seven no-hitters

Verlander struck out nine and walked 2 to lead the Tigers to a 5-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels.

Verlander threw his first two no-nos against the Milwaukee Brewers in June 2007 and the Toronto Blue Jays in May 2011.

Anniversary of Barnes, Verlander no-nos

The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes and the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander threw no-hitters on this date.

The New York Giants' Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
The New York Giants’ Jesse Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 1922.
Barnes no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds on Sunday, May 7, 1922 for a 6-0 win. Barnes faced the minimum 27 batters, walking Cy Williams in the fifth inning but retiring him and batter Art Fletcher on a double play.

Philadelphia coaches asked for the game ball in the middle of the seventh inning and showed umpire Bob Hart several cuts, prompting Hart to throw it out of the game.

Also on this date – Saturday, May 7, 2011 – Verlander threw his second career no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays for a 9-0 victory at the Rogers Centre. Verlander walked just one batter in the eighth inning while striking out 12.

Pitchers who threw no-nos and won Cy Young Awards

Cy Young baseball card
Cy Young baseball card
Today would be the 148th birthday of Cy Young, the legendary pitcher who threw three no-hitters during a 22-year career that included a major league record 511 wins.

We thought we’d celebrate the day by taking a look at pitchers who threw no-hitters and also won Cy Young awards. Sandy Koufax won three Cy Young awards and threw four no-hitters, while Randy Johnson won three Cy Young Awards and threw two no-hitters. Tim Lincecum boasts two of each.

Roger Clemens won seven Cy Young Awards but never was able to throw a no-hitter.

Before we get to the list, we also wish a happy birthday to Chicago White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich, who was born 105 years ago today. Dietrich no-hit the St. Louis Browns on Tuesday, June 1, 1937 at Comiskey Park.

Here’s the list of pitchers who won Cy Young awards and also threw no-hitters:

1 Warren Spahn
  ML Cy Young 1957, no-hitters 1960 and 1961
2 Sandy Koufax
  ML Cy Young 1963, 1965 and 1966, no-hitters 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965
3 Dean Chance
  ML Cy Young 1964, no-hitter 1967
4 Bob Gibson
  NL Cy Young 1968, 1970, no-hitter 1971
5 Tom Seaver
  NL Cy Young 1969, 1973 and 1975, no-hitter 1978
6 Vida Blue
  AL Cy Young 1971, no-hitter 1970
7 Gaylord Perry
  AL Cy Young 1972, NL Cy Young 1978, no-hitter 1968
8 Jim Palmer
  AL Cy Young 1973, 1975 and 1976, no-hitter 1969
9 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  AL Cy Young 1974, no-hitter 1968
10 Fernando Valenzuela
  NL Cy Young 1981, no-hitter 1990
11 Bret Saberhagen
  AL Cy Young 1985 and 1989, no-hitter 1991
12 Dwight "Doc" Gooden
  NL Cy Young 1985, no-hitter 1996
13 Mike Scott
  NL Cy Young 1986, no-hitter 1986
14 David Cone
  AL Cy Young 1994, perfect game 1999
15 Randy Johnson
  AL Cy Young 1995, NL Cy Young 1999 and 2002, no-hitters 1990, 2004
16 Roy Halladay
  AL Cy Young 2003, NL Cy Young 2010, perfect game and postseason no-hitter 2010
17 Johan Santana
  AL Cy Young 2004 and 2006, no-hitter 2012
18 Tim Lincecum
  NL Cy Young 2008 and 2009, no-hitters 2013 and 2014
19 Felix Hernandez
  AL Cy Young 2010, perfect game 2012
20 Justin Verlander
  AL Cy Young 2011, no-hitters 2007 and 2011
21 Clayton Kershaw
  NL Cy Young 2011, 2013 and 2014, no-hitter 2014

#17, the Detroit Tigers

The NoNoHitters 30The Detroit Tigers take up the No. 17 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 list. The Tigers, who began play in the American League in 1901, have thrown seven no-hitters over the franchise’s history.

George Mullin threw the Tigers’ first no-hitter in 1912, and there was a 40-year gap before Virgil Trucks threw his two in the 1950s. Jim Bunning and Jack Morris threw one each before Justin Verlander threw his two. Armando Galarraga should be on this list if not for the blown call on the 27th out.

Here are the Tigers’ no-hitters:

1 George Mullin
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, July 4, 1912 (Second game of doubleheader)
Detroit Tigers 7, St. Louis Browns 0
Navin Field (Detroit)
2 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
3 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Monday, August 25, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of two no-hitters)
4 Jim Bunning
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Sunday, July 20, 1958 (First game of doubleheader)
Detroit Tigers 3, Boston Red Sox 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
(His first of two no-hitters)
5 Jack Morris
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Saturday, April 7, 1984
Detroit Tigers 4, Chicago White Sox 0
Comiskey Park (Chicago)
6 Justin Verlander
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Detroit Tigers 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Comerica Park (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
7 Justin Verlander
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Saturday, May 7, 2011
Detroit Tigers 9, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Rogers Centre (Toronto)
(His second of two no-hitters)

Here’s our list so far from 17 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


7 Detroit Tigers
6 Pittsburgh Pirates
  (Pittsburgh Alleghenys)
5 Texas Rangers
5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

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