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Friday, April 29, 2022

Mets toss ‘22’s first no-no, down Phillies

One month shy of a decade ago, Johan Santana removed the burden of history from Citi Field. When Santana pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history, he opened the gates for others to follow.

It once again took a lengthy wait, even as the Mets rose to prominence with one of baseball’s best young rotations. Throughout the league, 39 no-hitters took place after Santana’s, including efforts from 18 different teams. But it was not until a chilly night at Citi Field on Friday that the Mets added another of their own.

Tylor Megill pitched the first five innings, before Drew Smith, Joely Rodríguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz combined on the final 12 outs to complete the historic 3-0 win over the Phillies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2022 at 11:55 PM | 45 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: April 30, 2022 at 12:58 AM (#6074460)
12. Howie Menckel Posted: April 29, 2022 at 10:34 PM (#6074434)
AT LAST !

I was in diapers when the Mets franchise played its first game* and never thought I'd live long enough to see them pitch an honest no-hitter.

even 5 years ago I would have griped about the multiple pitchers. but hey, it's 2022.

* thinking of Rodney Dangerfield: "Oh, I tell ya, those middle-school kids were rough on me for still having to wear those diapers..."

(actually I was about 8 months old when the Mets played their first game)
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 30, 2022 at 01:22 AM (#6074462)
Are we also supposed to start getting excited when a team hits four homers in a game?
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 30, 2022 at 01:23 AM (#6074463)
And it took them only 5 pitchers to do it!!!
   4. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 30, 2022 at 03:36 AM (#6074465)
The terrible burden of three years of history for Citi Field.
   5. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: April 30, 2022 at 10:19 AM (#6074471)
I don't know about you, but I find myself increasingly interested in the subject of houses and real estate - not because I am some investor or developer, but because I find one of the easiest topics to get people into an animated conversation is their home (how did they find it, what is worth right now, what's the real estate market like in their community, etc.)

When you talk to people about their home, they pretty quickly fall into one of two buckets: Either they talk about their house primarily as an asset, or they talk about it primarily as the place where they and their family live. It is both, of course - but there have been times when I've listened to a friend talk about their house for several minutes, and then I finally just stop and ask them, "OK...but do you love where you live?"

This is baseball right now. As somebody who has spent the last 35 years of my life being the "sabermetric guy" in my circle of friends, I was often gently chided as the person who wanted to take the fun out of the game. But today, I find myself as the one most often most concerned with how unentertaining the game has become...and how little consideration MLB is putting into the aesthetic quality, the romance and drama, the watchability, the memorability, of the games.

Watch the last out of the no-hitter last night. It was a dominant closer, who struck out all three guys he faced, throwing 13 pitches (11 strikes) to do it. He was the 5th pitcher of the night for New York, and the starter had been taken out after 88 pitches and five innings. He struck out five, walked three, threw a lot of pitches to grind through five innings. It was a good performance, but it wasn't the best performance of the night, by any means. Rich Hill threw four innings of 1-hit, no walks, 50 pitches, followed by 3 scoreless innings by Tanner Houck, for example. Then four short relievers came in and struck out a ton of guys, walked several others, and happened to not give up a hit.

So when Diaz completed the no-hitter, there was a celebration on the field, but it was not much different than that after any other win, and it paled compared to a walk-off hit. There wasn't even very much magic in real time for the no-hitter, much less memories of it a month or a year from now.

The people in charge of MLB now look at the sport as an asset,not as their "home". The retort to this would be, "Hey, isn't it about winning the games?" To which I'm like, "Yes, but is anybody enjoying this?" People forget that in between buying and selling their home is the time when, you know, you live in the house...otherwise knows as, "your life".

Major-league baseball is an entertainment product - otherwise, there is no MLB. At some point, there has to be active consideration to *this* part of the operation, bringing back the romance, excitement, and "memorability" of the games themselves. The Mets no-hitter last night was no even on the front page of ESPN's website this morning. The NFL Draft is now literally more entertaining to watch on TV than a no-hitter (at least, a five=itcher combined no-hitter). Kudos to the NFL for continuing to figure out how to expand its entertainment footprint deeper into the calendar, but isn't this a real problem for baseball?
   6. The Duke Posted: April 30, 2022 at 10:28 AM (#6074474)
Yeah, no hitters like this leave me cold. It's really an asterisk no-hitter. The real emotional no hitters are complete games. It's one pitcher battling for 27 outs without giving up a hit. This no-hitter and so many of the current ones are really just a well managed, well- pitched game.

The Kershaw thing still bugs me. To give up a chance for an exceedingly rare event because you are worried about the impact of 30 pitches is crazy. Not that kershaw needs to be immortalized, but it's a pretty cool thing for those that pull it off.
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 30, 2022 at 11:22 AM (#6074479)
My father was a Mets fan. I can’t say “lifelong”, since he was born before the team existed, but he married into a family of Brooklyn Dodgers-turned-NY Mets fans, and it stuck. We usually went to a couple of games a year as a family when I was growing up, and my brother and I tried to keep the tradition going as adults although as my dad’s vision got worse the appeal of attending games in person waned for him (even when we were younger, he had to bring binoculars to really see the action on the field).

He passed away on Wednesday and yesterday was his funeral, and I think he would have appreciated the Mets throwing a no hitter that day, even if it took five pitchers to do so. (I confess I fell asleep during the 8th inning, but in my defense it’s been a long week.)
   8. Adam Starblind Posted: April 30, 2022 at 12:08 PM (#6074485)

So when Diaz completed the no-hitter, there was a celebration on the field, but it was not much different than that after any other win, and it paled compared to a walk-off hit. There wasn't even very much magic in real time for the no-hitter, much less memories of it a month or a year from now.


I think you aren't getting the fans' perspective here. Citifield turned into Mardi Gras when the game was over.

Per a friend who was there: "Insano. The whole stadium turned into a giant party. Really wild. Just the start of something AMAZIN."
   9. Adam Starblind Posted: April 30, 2022 at 12:14 PM (#6074488)
Yeah, no hitters like this leave me cold. It's really an asterisk no-hitter.


It's not an asterisk. It's in every headline that it was a combined no hitter. Is it cooler when it's one pitcher? Of course. Just call this one what it is -- a five-pitcher combined no hitter.
   10. Karl from NY Posted: April 30, 2022 at 12:30 PM (#6074490)
Yeah. What in the world is the reason to complain about this? Is your sense of entitlement so high that you wanted to see a one-pitcher no-no and somehow feel deprived by this?
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 30, 2022 at 01:48 PM (#6074493)
Yeah, no hitters like this leave me cold. It's really an asterisk no-hitter. The real emotional no hitters are complete games.

Hey, by this time I'd settle for a simple complete game. Out of 604 games this year, so far there's been exactly one (1).
   12. pikepredator Posted: April 30, 2022 at 01:55 PM (#6074494)
Having competed in various amateur sports it's easy to imagine myself as part of a pitching staff in a no-hitter like this and I think it would build comeraderie and be a ton of fun. I can picture it: my crew threw 7 no-hit innings. I'm coming in for the 8th. I would feel the pressure of keeping it rolling and either finishing it out or getting it to my guy for the 9th. Depending on the way the team operates (and how much they adhere to the whole "don't mention the no-hitter) it's easy to imagine being direct: c'mon man, we don't just want the win, keep those zeroes up there!!

   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 30, 2022 at 02:09 PM (#6074497)
He passed away on Wednesday and yesterday was his funeral, and I think he would have appreciated the Mets throwing a no hitter that day, even if it took five pitchers to do so.
I think you’re right on that, and my condolences on your loss. The everyday nature of the baseball season, and baseball’s appreciation of its history, allows it, for many, to become a generation-connecting part of the fabric of our lives unlike other most sports or activities. I’m not in any hurry to check out, but when the time comes, it being linked to some memorable baseball event would be kind of weirdly cool, and more so if it brought my sons some solace.
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 30, 2022 at 02:14 PM (#6074501)
Are we also supposed to start getting excited when a team hits four homers in a game?
Well played. Agree.
   15. KronicFatigue Posted: April 30, 2022 at 03:03 PM (#6074506)
I was there, and the place exploded. And I exploded as well. It was funny, b/c I started scoreboard "noticing" (not watching) around the 4th/5th. I was in a very crowded section and nobody mentioned it at all. Around the 6th a JETS chant broke out and I had to look back up to make score I was reading the board correctly. I honestly thought I was confused.

But by the 8th, it was apparent that everyone was sticking to the jinx rule of not saying it. And the 8th and 9th were electric. Leaving the stadium felt like a playoff-win.

But today, the more I think about it, the more I put the * next to my experience. A no-hitter used to mean a dominant pitching performance, with a little luck and magic thrown in. A combined no hitter is more of "the offense struggled today, and were also unlucky a bit". It's still cool that I was there, b/c it's so rare. But it's not the same. All things being equal, I'd probably prefer a dominant DeGrom start.

I like the house analogy. I imagine most of us were the "stats guys" in our circles of friends. But this is not what we wanted. This is how to win based on current rules. Now let's adjust them to make the game more fun again. The two run single last night was way more fun than a homer. Balls in play are fun. Defensive gems are the best part of the game. Let's get back to that.

   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 30, 2022 at 03:53 PM (#6074520)
A complete game no-hitter is obviously more of an effort than any combined no-hitter, more so if the starter only goes 5 innings, but combined no-hitters are still quite rare. Only one relief pitcher has to be a little off, or unlucky, on one pitch and the effort is foiled. So fans should enjoy it to whatever extent they want, especially if the franchise doesn’t have that much else to celebrate.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: April 30, 2022 at 04:08 PM (#6074526)
I get it ... but what in the world can baseball do to bring more complete game no-hitters in? Even a rule that limits a team to 4 pitchers over the first 9 innings is not going to keep Megill in the game past the 6th. You want a rule that the starting pitcher is required to keep pitching until he gives up a hit regardless of how many pitches that takes or how much it puts the win at risk?

No-hitters are cool but there have also been 315 of them, 135 of them over the last 50 years, 67 in the 21st century. If there was a sporcle on 21st c CG no-hitters, I wonder how many folks could name. (I suck at sporcle quizzes generally.) Megill lost his (very, very slim) chance of joining Chris Heston, Bud Smith, Tommy Greene, Joe Cowley and Ed Halicki in a Wiki list consulted by an internet crank for pulling out little-known, mediocre pitchers who had thrown CG no-hitters. But at least now his name is on that page somewhere.
   18. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 30, 2022 at 04:39 PM (#6074535)
You want a rule that the starting pitcher is required to keep pitching until he gives up a hit regardless of how many pitches that takes or how much it puts the win at risk?


I don't think it's that complicated. A rule limiting teams to 10 or 11 pitchers and some measures to stop the AAA conveyor belt would do it. I know the libertarian instincts cultivated by the sabermetric revolution are offended by that, but this isn't a government and it isn't a democracy. You have to do things to make the game more enjoyable. It is, after all, a game.
   19. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 30, 2022 at 04:45 PM (#6074539)
You want a rule that the starting pitcher is required to keep pitching until he gives up a hit regardless of how many pitches that takes or how much it puts the win at risk?


I'm in favor of that.
   20. The Duke Posted: April 30, 2022 at 04:57 PM (#6074540)
How many CG no-hitters have there been lately ? If I had to guess I'd say 75% of the most recent have been single pitcher no-hitters.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: April 30, 2022 at 08:10 PM (#6074555)
Proving the point. You don't have a clue that Tyler Gilbert threw a CG no-hitter on Aug 14, 2021. That was the SEVENTH CG no-hitter of 2021.

SEVEN ... and you seem to have forgotten every one of them already.
   22. Walt Davis Posted: April 30, 2022 at 08:35 PM (#6074556)
The Babe Ruth-Ernie Shore game aside, the first multi-pitcher no-hitter was in 1967 when manager Hank Bauer removed Steve Barber with 2 outs in the 9th. Barber, who had given up just 1 hit in his first start of the year, had walked 10, hit two, had just given up the tying run on a wild pitch and walked a guy to put runners on 1st and 3rd. Stu Miller came in, got the GB only to have Belanger (of all people) drop the throw at 2B to let the eventual winning run score. It's a shame Bauer removed Barber from that classic before he gave up a hit. I mean how special would it be to lose a no-hitter? History never forgave Bauer.

The next came in 1975 when Vida Blue only went 5 no-hit innings, relieved by Abbot, Lindblad and Fingers. The A's did it again in 76 with Odom (5) and Barios (4) combining in a 2-1 loss. In 1990, it was Langston (7) and Witt (2). In 1991, it was the O's again with the legendary Bob Milacki getting relief from Flanagan, Williamson and Olson. The Braves did it later in 1991 with Mercker getting relief from Wohlers and Pena. In 1997, the Pirates pulled Cordova after 9 innings, bringing on Rincon for the top 10th.

In 2003 the Astros did although I assume that was an injury/ejection situation since Oswalt only went one inning. Kevin Millwood (6 innings) and 5 relievers (horror!!) did it in 2012 ... Millwood was still pitching as late as 2012? Cole Hamels and 3 relievers did it for the Phils in 2014. From 2018 on, there have been 6 of them. Buehler and 3 relievers did it in 2018 and the Dodgers didn't even bother to put their good relievers out there to secure the no-hitter.

Since 2018 there have been 13 CG no-hitters. There hasn't yet been a season with more non-CG than CG hitters (in 2019, there were 2 each). Even 2020 managed to squeeze in two CG no-hitters. It seems pretty clear that, so far, the relievers haven't robbed us of no-hitters, rather they have preserved no-hitters that would have not remained no-hitters. And believe me, nobody was gonna remember that magical night when Trever Megill held them hitless through 6 only to lose it on his 110th pitch of the night.
   23. bartap74 Posted: April 30, 2022 at 09:06 PM (#6074557)
#1 Are you not counting Johan Santana's 2012 no-hitter for some reason?
   24. Jaack Posted: April 30, 2022 at 09:18 PM (#6074558)
I've come to think of no-hitters as being basically equivalent to divisional titles. You'll remember your own teams' and maybe some other notable ones. They're fun, but not impressive. I'd say a combined no-hitter about as exciting as winning the 2005 NL West.
   25. Howie Menckel Posted: April 30, 2022 at 09:22 PM (#6074559)
23:

well, I saw Carlos Beltran hit a fair ball past the third base line in that game.

that traditionally is known, in baseball nomenclature, as "a base hit."

the umpire must have been thinking of where to go for dinner after the game, or something - thus calling a fair ball foul in the year or two before instant replay would have rectified the blunder. a batted ball kicking up chalk is supposed to help the visually-challenged umps get those calls right.

but I do know what a hit looks like. this wasn't one of those "really tough play, hard to say hit or error."

even the Mets broadcast crew sympathized with the bellyaching by the Cardinals - because replay could have reversed the mistake in maybe 30 seconds.

I mean, you can also tell me that OJ wasn't guilty. but.....
   26. The Duke Posted: April 30, 2022 at 10:23 PM (#6074565)
24. Yeah - that's about right. I can remember various cardinal no-nos like Forsch and Gibson and we got one from bud smith which is the last cardinals no hitter in 20 years. Apparently the cards have only 10 in their entire history.
   27. Adam Starblind Posted: April 30, 2022 at 10:42 PM (#6074568)
[25]. Umps make wrong calls all the time. Do we get to go back and make sure Johan wasn’t cheated on any ball/strike calls to even it out? That’s baseball.
   28. Howie Menckel Posted: April 30, 2022 at 11:09 PM (#6074573)
does a franchise wait 50 years for a no-hitter "all the time" and then there is an undisputably blown call that allows it to happen?

never before - and never since.

AFAIK, it's the worst umpiring blunder to preserve a no-hitter in baseball history.

again, it's not one of those deep grounders to short or the "lost it in the lights" fly ball that bounces off an OF glove, or whatever.

if you have an even a single comparable incident to this one, I'd like to hear about it.

of course, it's not going to be "only 'no-hitter' in 60 years of franchise history" material, but still it would be interesting to learn about.

(and if you can't even find a single example, that's really going to undercut the "umps make wrong calls all time" pitch in relation to no-hitters.)
   29. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 30, 2022 at 11:27 PM (#6074576)
Here's the Beltran foul ball. I think it's probably a fair ball, but it's very close, and I suspect replay wouldn't have reversed it. The Cardinals in real time didn't complain all too much about it.
   30. Howie Menckel Posted: April 30, 2022 at 11:56 PM (#6074578)
from the articles I saw today, matching my recall (and some are from NY newspaper accounts and none are from St. Louis versions):

"Then-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was incensed with the decision, and gave the third base umpire an earful. You really know it's a terrible call when even the Mets commentary team uttered, "That's fair," in complete unison. And that very ruling cost the Cardinals a chance to prevent a no-hitter."

..................

"Johnson called a sixth-inning line drive by Carlos Beltran foul, even though replays clearly showed that it had hit the chalk of the foul line just in front of him. Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo and manager Mike Matheny argued, but Santana got another chance at Beltran and got him to hit a ground ball to third base."

................

"Johnson defended his call, telling a pool reporter, “I saw the ball hitting outside the line just foul.’’ Told that the replay told a different story, the umpire said, “Yeah, I saw the replay.’’

Asked about the replay, Johnson said, “No comment.’’

There really was nothing to say, he blew the call."

..............

"In the top of the sixth inning, the Cardinals' Beltran, the ex-Met making his return to Citi Field, hit a ball down the third base line that hit the chalk past the bag. However, third base umpire Adrian Johnson ruled the ball had landed in foul territory. TV replays showed the ball clearly had hit the chalk — it had gone over the bag fair — and should have been a hit, and Santana's no-hit bid should have been over. Beltran grounded out to third on the next pitch.

"Jose Oquendo, the Cardinals' third base coach, was livid about the call and got into a heated exchange with Johnson. Cards manager Mike Matheny came out and had his own go at Johnson, but the umpire appeared adamant about seeing the ball land foul."
   31. John DiFool2 Posted: May 01, 2022 at 08:31 AM (#6074584)
if you have an even a single comparable incident to this one, I'd like to hear about it.


Umm, the perfect game lost on a close play at first on what would have been the 27th out, where even the ump admitted he blew it?
   32. Adam Starblind Posted: May 01, 2022 at 08:31 AM (#6074585)
No, I mean I want you to go through the game pitch by pitch to make sure Santana didn’t get squeezed on any ball/strike calls. Because if we are insisting that there be no bad calls tainting the no-no, the least you can do is make sure it’s fair to hold everything else even.
   33. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 01, 2022 at 10:58 AM (#6074589)
Proving the point. You don't have a clue that Tyler Gilbert threw a CG no-hitter on Aug 14, 2021. That was the SEVENTH CG no-hitter of 2021.

SEVEN ... and you seem to have forgotten every one of them already.


Around the time that Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays got their 500th home runs, it also used to be easy to name all the 500 HR hitters. I'd defy anyone to name all 28 of them today without looking it up.
   34. Swoboda is freedom Posted: May 01, 2022 at 11:12 AM (#6074590)
That is a trick question, as no one has hit 500 homeruns. They either hit less or more. Unlike hits, where one player has 3,000.
   35. Jaack Posted: May 01, 2022 at 12:22 PM (#6074591)
Around the time that Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays got their 500th home runs, it also used to be easy to name all the 500 HR hitters. I'd defy anyone to name all 28 of them today without looking it up.


Just gave this a try and got 26.... missed Ernie Banks and Gary Sheffield. But seeing the names jogged my memory. If you have a working knowledge of baseball history, you can do well here.

With no-hitters, if I tried naming the last 28 of them. Got Scherzer and Verlander. I remember the Padres got their first, but can't remember who. Looking it up jogged my memory on John Means and Corbin Burnes. And Edinson Volquez doing it felt right. So that's six that occupied some portion of my memory. But Mike Fiers did it twice? No memory of that. Corey Kluber got one last year? Aaron Sanchez started a partial one with the Astros?

Alternatively, there are 35 guys with multiple no-hitters. Off the top of my head I can name seven that I know did it: Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, Johnny Van Der Meer, Jim Maloney, and Tim Lincecum. Everyone beyond that is an educated guess at best, and even with that I'd never come up with Carl Erskine or Homer Bailey. No-hitters have always been pretty anonymous in a way that 500 HR guys still aren't.
   36. Booey Posted: May 01, 2022 at 01:14 PM (#6074598)
#33 - By debut season (I promise this is by memory):

1914 - Babe Ruth (714)
1925 - Jimmie Foxx (534)
1928 - Mel Ott (511)
1939 - Ted Williams (521)
1951 - Willie Mays (660)
1951 - Mickey Mantle (536)
1953 - Eddie Mathews (512)
1953 - Ernie Banks (512)
1954 - Hank Aaron (755)
1954 - Harmon Killebrew (573)
1956 - Frank Robinson (586)
1959 - Willie McCovey (521)
1967 - Reggie Jackson (563)
1972 - Mike Schmidt (548)
1977 - Eddie Murray (504)
1986 - Barry Bonds (762)
1986 - Mark McGwire (583)
1986 - Rafael Palmeiro (569)
1988 - Gary Sheffield (509)
1989 - Ken Griffey Jr (630)
1989 - Sammy Sosa (609)
1990 - Frank Thomas (521)
1991 - Jim Thome (612)
1993 - Manny Ramirez (555)
1994 - Alex Rodriguez (696)
1997 - David Ortiz (541?)
2001 - Albert Pujols (670-something)
2003 - Miguel Cabrera (502?)

I could probably still name all the 3000 hit players too if you could tell me how many there are (32? 33?), although I'd have to do it by debut decade rather than debut season. And I'd have no idea on the exact number of hits they had (other than Rose and Clemente).
   37. manchestermets Posted: May 01, 2022 at 01:41 PM (#6074601)
Are we also supposed to start getting excited when a team hits four homers in a game?


A thing that happens weekly if not daily? Knock yourself out, but it doesn't seem like a good comparison to me.
   38. BDC Posted: May 01, 2022 at 03:55 PM (#6074653)
Yes, I got 26 of the 28 five-hundred-HR guys in a couple of minutes – the two guys I left off (McCovey & Mathews) were just careless (it is obviously not because I'm too young!), and somehow I thought Chipper Jones had gotten there … but it's a very different kind of question, I agree. Getting all or mostly there is a matter of being methodical, going back & forth from the timeline to the geography of the clubs. And I am notoriously bad at such quizzes compared to the average huge baseball fan.

No-hitters were futile even back when there were a lot fewer of them. George Culver I remember because his picture was on the back of some baseball annual I had when I was a kid. Bill Singer I know because I heard his on the radio. But even looking back through the years when I followed baseball with insane attention, I would have had no idea somebody like Ed Halicki or Jim Bibby had thrown a no-hitter, probably even the year after it happened. It is too random a feat, as Jaack says.
   39. Moeball Posted: May 01, 2022 at 11:54 PM (#6074747)
#17 I was at the Bud Smith no-no, came against the Padres in September 2001 at Qualcomm Stadium. A total fluke by a pitcher out of baseball soon afterwards.

#36 good list but minor quibble - I believe Eddie Mathews' rookie season wasn't 1953, it was 1952, their last year in Boston.
   40. Booey Posted: May 02, 2022 at 01:37 AM (#6074752)
#39 - Well, damn. You're right. Like I said, I was going off memory. ;-)

Pujols has about 5 or 6 more homers than I thought he did, too.
   41. Rally Posted: May 02, 2022 at 07:50 AM (#6074754)
“Hey, by this time I'd settle for a simple complete game. Out of 604 games this year, so far there's been exactly one (1).”

After yesterday I’d be ok with the Angels not attempting one for a while. Lorenzen had a 6-0 shutout going for 8 innings and came out to start the 9th. After a few hits, he left with 2 outs to go and a 6-2 lead. White Sox got a few more hits. A potential groundout to short that would have ended the game was overturned into a hit. The closer, Iglesias, walked in a run and forced in another with a HBP. The finally escaped with a 6-5 win, leaving the bases loaded.
   42. Adam Starblind Posted: May 02, 2022 at 11:35 AM (#6074760)
The Mets DFA’d Cano. Wow.
   43. . . . . . . Posted: May 02, 2022 at 01:37 PM (#6074781)
I don't agree that Bud Smith's no-hitter was a fluke. Smith was consistently a good BABIP guy in the minors, had a fine K-rate for his era and good control. He was almost certainly an above-average MLB starter in his no-hitter season.

Rather, Bud Smith was a pitcher, TINSTAAPP, and his shoulder turned to hamburger meat during the next Spring Training and he was never the same.
   44. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 03, 2022 at 06:43 AM (#6074931)
When you talk to people about their home, they pretty quickly fall into one of two buckets: Either they talk about their house primarily as an asset, or they talk about it primarily as the place where they and their family live.


When I was in real estate, my mentor used to say, "People sell houses, but they buy homes."
   45. Zach Posted: May 03, 2022 at 05:04 PM (#6074995)
Umm, the perfect game lost on a close play at first on what would have been the 27th out, where even the ump admitted he blew it?

I firmly maintain that The Imperfect Game was simply a 28 out perfect game.

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