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Happy 76th birthday Jim Maloney

169_jimmaloneyHappy 76th birthday to Jim Maloney, who threw two official Cincinnati Reds no-hitters and had another broken up in extra innings.

On August 19, 1965, during the first game of a Thursday doubleheader at Wrigley Field, Maloney no-hit the Cubs for nine innings but his Reds failed to score a run. The game went into the top of the 10th, when Leo Cardenas hit a one-out homer off Larry Jackson. Maloney finished out the game to complete the 1-0 10-inning no-no.

Just two months earlier, Maloney threw 10 innings of no-hit ball against the New York Mets only to lose the no-no, and game, in the 11th inning. Maloney gave up leadoff home run to Johnny Lewis and allowed one more hit in the losing effort.

Maloney did notch a second official career no-hitter of the typical nine-inning variety four years later. At home at Crosley Field on Wednesday, April 30, 1969, Maloney no-hit the Houston Astros for a 10-0 win.

(Feature image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)

Santana breaks Mets’ no-no curse, 4 years ago today

Today is the fourth anniversary of Johan Santana breaking the Mets’ no no-hitters streak at 8,019 games. As always, we celebrate by repeating our original post from June 1, 2012. Also, here’s the link to Phil Taylor’s Sports Illustrated piece on last year’s anniversary, for which I was a source: No-no regrets: Johan Santana would not alter a thing. Terry Collins might.


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

John Santana
John Santana
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.

20th anniversary of Gooden’s no-no

gooden postcardToday is the 20th anniversary of Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

On Tuesday, May 14, 1996, Gooden no-hit the Seattle Mariners for a 2-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. “Doc” appeared to be running out of steam in the ninth frame as he walked Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martínez and then threw a wild pitch to allow runners to reach second and third. But he recovered to strike out Jay Buhner and then got Paul Sorrento to pop out to short to complete the no-no. Teammates carried the 31-year-old hero off the Yankee Stadium field to the cheers of more than 20,000 fans.

Gooden thrice came close to getting a no-no while with the New York Mets:

  • On June 6, 1984, in just his 11th major-league start, the emerging strikeout artist reached the eighth inning with a no-hitter intact before yielding a lead-off single to the Pirates’ Doug Frobel. New York won 2-1 in 13 innings.
  • On September 7, 1984, Gooden threw a one-hit 10-0 shutout against the Chicago Cubs. The only Cubs hit was a 5th-inning single by Keith Moreland.
  • On June 5, 1988, Gooden again reached the eighth inning and again lost it on the leadoff batter as the Cubs’ Damon Berryhill singled. Gooden held on for an 11-3 complete-game victory.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date was the Kansas City Royals’ Jim Colborn. On Saturday, May 14, 1977, Colborn no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 win at Royals Stadium.

Céspedes shift nips Padres’ no-no in the 7th

nonocompareColin Rea made a go of it, but the rookie right-hander just missed throwing the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history on Thursday night.

With a shift behind him, Rea gave up a seventh-inning single to the New York Mets’ Yoenis Céspedes that went right through where the second baseman normally would be stationed. That marked the 7,519th Padres game with no no-hitter since the team’s inception in 1969.

With that hit, the Padres now have just 500 games to go to reach the Mets’ streak of 8,019 games without a no-hitter. The Mets had played 8,019 games from their birth in 1962 when on June 1, 2012, Johan Santana no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals.

If no Friar can notch a no-no, the team would tie the Mets’ streak in a little over three years.

Today is the 25th anniversary of Nolan Ryan’s 7th no-hitter

Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan threw his major league record seventh no-hitter, 25 years ago today.

Ryan, pitching for the Texas Rangers at the age of 44 on May 1, 1991, struck out 16 Blue Jays and held the others to no hits as the Rangers topped Toronto 3-0. Said Rangers pitching coach Tom House to the Dallas Morning News, the Blue Jays, “just got n the way of a train.”

Three other no-hitters were thrown on May 1 in other years – Al Atkinson, Johnny Lush and Don Wilson.

Here are the May Day no-nos:

21 of 295 Al Atkinson
  Philadelphia Athletics (AA)
  Saturday, May 1, 1886
Philadelphia Athletics 3, New York Metropolitans 2
Jefferson Street Grounds (Philadelphia)
(His second of two no-hitters)
53 of 287 Johnny Lush
  Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
  Tuesday, May 1, 1906
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Brooklyn Superbas 0
Washington Park (Brooklyn)
170 of 295 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
225 of 295 Nolan Ryan
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Wednesday, May 1, 1991
Texas Rangers 3, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Arlington Stadium (Texas)
(His seventh of seven no-hitters, finalizing his major league record.)

Happy birthday to Chris Heston, threw ’15 no-no vs. Mets

Happy 28th birthday to Chris Heston, who threw a San Francisco Giants no-hitter against the New York Mets last season in just his 13th major league start.

Heston, a 27-year-old rookie right-hander, struck out 11 batters and did not allow a walk on June 9, 2015, but he hit three batters for the 5-0 win — the first no-hitter thrown at Citi Field since Johan Santana’s 2012 no-no.

Heston was perfect through three innings as his Giants built a 3-run lead off Noah Syndergaard by the middle of the third. Heston retired Curtis Granderson to make it 10 straight before plunking Ruben Tejada in the arm with a 75 mph curve ball and then grazing Lucas Duda’s pant leg with an 89-mph fastball. Heston got out of the jam by inducing a 5-4-3 double-play out of Michael Cuddyer.

Matt Duffy extended the Giants’ lead with a solo homer to left off Syndergaard in the sixth, and Joe Panik tagged relieved Dillon Gee for another dinger in the seventh to make it 5-0.

Meanwhile, Heston kept retiring Mets batters only to return to the Giants dugout to be ignored (per superstitious baseball protocol). His only other blemish came in the ninth when he plunked Mets catcher Anthony Recker in the upper arm with an 89-mph fastball. He then caught pinch-hitter Danny Muno
Granderson and Tejada looking to complete the no-no with his ninth, 10th and 11th K’s.

Pitchers’ trips to infinity … and beyond

hankborowyWhen Philadelphia Phillies reliever Daniel Stumpf began his 2016 season by issuing a walk, a grand slam and then another walk before getting pulled in the fourth inning of Thursday’s loss to the Reds, singer/songwriter/Phillies fan Chuck Brodsky wondered if we should add a new statistical category called “No-Outers” that yield an ERA of infinity (∞).

(Quick math refresher: ERA is earned runs times nine divided by the number of innings pitched, so when a pitcher doesn’t get a single out — thus throwing zero innings — the dividing-by-zero issue gives a result of ∞.)

Chuck wondered what the record is for most batters faced without securing an out, so we turned to Baseball-Reference.com‘s wonderful Play Index to answer that question and come up with a Top 11 list of “No-outers.”

RK Name Date Tm Op Sc Dc I H ER BB BF AB
1 Hank Borowy 1951-08-18 DET SLB L 9-20 0.0 5 9 4 9 5
2 Jorge Rondon 2015-05-01 COL SDP L 3-14 8-8 0.0 5 7 2 8 6
3 Paul Wilson 2005-05-06 CIN LAD L 6-13 GS-1, L 0.0 5 8 1 8 5
4 Paul Wilson 2003-07-10 CIN HOU L 2-11 GS-1, L 0.0 6 7 1 8 7
5 Blake Stein 1998-08-31 OAK CLE L 6-15 GS-1, L 0.0 4 8 3 8 4
6 Jose Paniagua 1997-09-28 MON CIN L 3-11 5-5 0.0 3 5 3 8 3
7 Bobby Jones 1997-09-17 NYM ATL L 2-10 GS-1, L 0.0 3 4 4 8 4
8 Bill Krueger 1984-06-25 OAK KCR L 0-16 GS-1, L 0.0 6 5 1 8 7
9 Bob Kammeyer 1979-09-18 NYY CLE L 3-16 4-4 0.0 7 8 0 8 7
10 Geo Mogridge 1926-09-03 BSN NYG L 3-17 0.0 6 7 1 8 7
11 Doc White 1913-07-11 CHW NYY L 1-11 0.0 4 5 1 8 6
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Generated 4/9/2016.

On August 18, 1951, the Detroit Tigers’ Hank Borowy came into a game against the St. Louis Browns and faced nine batters without getting a single out. His line for the day was 9 ER on 5 hits and 4 BB during the 11-run inning. The Browns wound up winning 20-9 — a rare highlight in St. Louis’ otherwise dismal season.

The veteran Borowy pitched in five more games before retiring with a 108-82 record and a 3.50 ERA.

Ten pitchers have faced eight batters without getting a single out, including the Colorado Rockies’ Jorge Rondon, who accomplished the feat last year against the San Diego Padres. Rondon is currently playing for the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates AAA affiliate), hoping to make it back to the majors to improve on his career 12.33 ERA.

The only pitcher to make the list twice is the Cincinnati Reds’ Paul Wilson, who threw infinity outings in 2003 and 2005 yet retired with a finite 4.86 ERA.

The New York Yankees’ Bob Kammeyer holds the record for most hits yielded during an infinity outing with seven, and it was his only opportunity during the 1979 season (and the last of his career) so he lists a final ERA of ∞ for ’79. He did, however, appear in 7 games in 1978, so that balances out to a 9.14 career ERA.

George Mogridge is the only major-league pitcher to have an eight-batter infinity outing and throw a no-hitter.

The Cleveland Indians’ Doc Hamann just missed this list by facing seven batters, but he never had a chance to redeem himself and ended his career with an ERA of infinity. On September 21, 1922, Hamann gave up six earned runs on three hits, three walks and a hit-by-pitch to the Boston Red Sox before getting pulled.

The other 13 players to end their careers with infinity ERAs, according to Baseball-Reference.com, are Harry Heitmann, Frank Dupee, Joe Brown, William Ford, Jim Schelle, Mike Palagyi, Fred Bruckbauer, Will Koenigsmark, Bill Moore, Marty Walker, Lou Bauer, Gordie Sundin and Vic Davalillo.

Of that group only Davalillo, who primarily was an outfielder, pitched in multiple games. Facing the New York Mets in the ninth inning of a June 30, 1969, game at Busch Stadium, Davalillo walked Tommie Agee and yielded a Bobby Pfeil single to right before getting replaced by Chuck Taylor. Three days later in the same five-game series, Davalillo stayed in the game after pinch hitting for pitcher Ray Washburn and again began his inning (the eighth) by walking Agee. Ken Boswell then tagged him for an RBI double to right before the Cardinals booted him from the mound for the final time. His career pitching line: 4 batters faced, 2 hits, 2 walks, 0 outs, 1 earned run, ∞ ERA.

The major-league record for most consecutive infinity outings is 3, shared by these seven pitchers:

Name Start End G IP H R ER BB HR ERA HBP WP TM
Taylor Tankersley 2010-07-23 2010-07-26 3 0.0 3 6 5 1 2 inf 1 0 FLA
Mitch Stetter 2009-08-04 2009-08-12 3 0.0 4 4 3 3 0 inf 0 0 MIL
Chris Hammond 2005-09-24 2006-04-07 3 0.0 4 5 5 2 0 inf 0 0 SDP-CIN
Pedro Borbon 1999-07-30 1999-08-05 3 0.0 4 3 3 2 0 inf 0 1 LAD
Steve Avery 1998-04-10 1998-04-14 3 0.0 3 3 3 2 0 inf 0 1 BOS
Mike Myers 1997-04-16 1997-04-21 3 0.0 3 3 3 1 1 inf 0 0 DET
Bruce Dal Canton 1970-09-02 1970-09-08 3 0.0 5 4 4 2 1 inf 0 0 PIT
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Generated 4/10/2016.

Happy birthday to no no-no streak breaker Johan Santana

John Santana
John Santana
Happy 37th 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. As is our standing tradition, we celebrate the day by repeating 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.

Seaver signs for $172K, 42 years ago today, but it doesn’t buy a Mets’ no-no

Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver
Hall of Famer Tom Seaver signed a New York Mets contract for $172,000 per year to become the highest paid player, 42 years ago today.

But that money couldn’t buy the Mets a no-hitter, as “Tom Terrific” couldn’t accomplish the feat until after he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. The no-no occurred on Friday, June 16, 1978, just a day after the one-year anniversary of the trade that broke Mets’ fans spirit. Seaver struck out three St. Louis Cardinals and walked three for a 4-0 win at Riverfront Stadium.

The June 15, 1977, trade sent Seaver to the Reds in exchange for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. That same day, New York dealt fan favorite Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert.

While with the Mets, Seaver thrice lost no-nos in the ninth.

Scherzer says there will be no no-no to tie Vander Meer

Johnny Vander Meer threw back-to-back no-hitters in 1938.
Johnny Vander Meer threw back-to-back no-hitters in 1938.
For the third straight off-season, we’re on active Johnny Vander Meer watch.

Max Scherzer threw a no-hitter on the penultimate day of the 2015 season, blanking the New York Mets 2-0. That means he could theoretically tie Vander Meer’s major-league of back-to-back no-hitters record by tossing one in his first start of the 2016 season. Could it happen?

No way, according to the SB Nation-Federal Baseball blog, as early-season pitch counts and big-money contracts don’t let star arms go deep into early games.

“I’m not throwing a no-hitter Opening Day,” Scherzer said. “I can’t — it’s just not going to happen.”

It didn’t happen the previous two season either. The Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann tossed a no-no on the final day of the 2014 season. He got the start against the Mets in the second game of the 2015 season and got the W, but he gave up one run on six hits in six innings worth of work.

The Miami Marlins’ Henderson Álvarez no-hit the Detroit Tigers on the final game of the 2013 season on a walk-off wild pitch, but things didn’t go as well in his next start. In the third game of the Marlins’ 2014 season, the Colorado Rockies sent Álvarez to the showers after just three innings when the righty gave up six runs on seven hits.