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).
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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