Detroit Fans We Know Your Pain….Sorta

By now the world knows of Armando Galarraga ‘one’-hitter last night in Detroit.  In a recent post, Tom Greenhalgh at the HappyRecap.blogspot.com did a great job recapping what he correctly referred to as “The perfect crime.”  It’s an absolute shame that Jim Joyce robbed the 28-year old righty of his due honor and his profanity laiden apology did nothing to change the record books (even if it does make a great soundbite).  Bud Selig, however, can.

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Selig, who has the power to reverse the call, is meeting with Baseball officials to discuss the situation.  I can’t see how a commissioner can overturn a call given the precedent it would set for future circumstances, but I wouldn’t put anything past Budddddd.  He may very well come out of this meeting announcing that the call has been overturned, there is an additional wild card team, the DH no longer exists, and Pete Rose is in the hall of fame.

I have to admit that even though I felt badly for Galarraga, as a Met fan I am used to seeing a pitcher’s hopes of throwing no-hitter/perfect game dashed (though not quite in yesterday’s fashion).  There is a fantastic site, www.nonohitters.com, which is dedicated to the Mets “48 seasons of futility” in this department.  The site chronicles every aspect of the Mets ‘near’ no-hitters along with every related stat you can possibly imagine.  Some stats I took away from the site, which can be viewed by clicking here, include the following:

-The Mets have thrown 33 one-hitters

-In recent memory, John Maine was a part of 2 in 2007 (wow that seems so long ago) and both Tom Glavine and Steve Trachsel also contributed twice to 1-hitters.

-David Cone was a part of 3, two coming in 1991 and the other in 1988.

-Then of course there is ‘Tom Terrific’.  Seaver threw 5 complete game 1 hitters with the Mets, two of which were broken up with 1 out in the 9th (July 9, 1969 and July 4, 1972).

There are plenty of more pitchers on the list such as Dwight Gooden and Sid Fernandez but the Mets, along with Padres

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and Rays, remain the only 3 franchises to have not thrown a no-hitter…….let alone a perfect game.  I have to think that with the way Mike Pelfrey and Johan Santana are throwing they are going to make it into the later innings of a game soon with a shot at Mets history.  It would certainly be a crowning achievement for Johan’s illustrious career as well as the ultimate indictment of Pelfrey’s arrival as a top notch starter.  Here’s to hoping!

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  • Craig

    Seaver's 1969 performance has become known as the imperfect game, I figured you would mention that. By the way off the beaten path my favorite baseball story that noone seems to know about is Dave Stieb of the Blue jays many years ago lost a no hitter with 2 outs in the 9th in consecutive starts. Consecutive starts! He is the closest thing to Johnny Vandermeer as you can get. Both games he finished with 1 hitters. That same year Stieb lost another no hitter with in the 9th. That's 3 in the same season. That is remarkable.

  • Craig

    Coincidentally i just saw where Bloomberg news did a story on Galarraga and they quoted Dave Stieb in the piece. He carried two no hitters into the 9th in with 2 outs in consecutive starts back in 1988 and lost both one on a bloop the other on a bad hop. In 1989 he carried a perfect game with 2 outs in the 9th and gave up a double to Roberto Kelly. In 1990 he got the only no hitter of his career. The piece did not mention that he lost a 3rd no hit bid in the 9th back in 1988 but i remember distinctly it happened. I think that bid was only 1 out in the 9th.

  • http://www.metszilla.com Jason Robotham

    Craig any thoughts on Dave Stieb?

  • vinnycartiglia

    consecutive starts that is crazy…. and 3 in one year is unheard of… i would love to find out what the stat is for the most one hitters by a player. I am sure noone has ever done it 3x in one year though, thats just ridiculous…

  • vinnycartiglia

    consecutive starts that is crazy…. and 3 in one year is unheard of… i would love to find out what the stat is for the most one hitters by a player. I am sure noone has ever done it 3x in one year though, thats just ridiculous…