Had the great privilege of appearing on Mark Simon’s terrific Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast today to chat about no-hitters and the role of defense, umpires and other things. Take a listen using the Apple Podcast link below.
On this episode, Mark Simon (@MarkSimonSays) is joined by Dirk Lammers (@ddlammers/@nonohitters), author of Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders and an expert on the history of no-hitters for a conversation on all the different factors that go into throwing one. Dirk explains the origins of his research, how much research he’s done, and his favorite (2:18). They then discuss the most prominent defensive plays in no-hitters, what made Gregor Blanco’s perfect game-saving catch so special, what percentage of no-hitters feature a good or great defensive play, and why Kevin Kouzmanoff should be remembered for his defensive work (7:21). They also get into the role of umpires and catchers (14:36) and look at patterns in pitchers that throw no-hitters (18:47). Lastly they discuss the most likely current pitchers to throw a no-hitter (20:01). Thanks for listening and stay safe!