The steroid era is ending… so hopefully is the excessive celebration era

With pitching dominating and home run totals getting back to normal, we are seeing baseball finally getting out of the steroid era.

And thanks to Kendry Morales and Chris Coghlan we might be saying good bye to an era of stupid celebrations.

Look, I am not against having fun or even a fun spontaneous celebration. But I am glad to see home run celebrations muted a little after Kendry Morales put his career in peril due to a walk off homer leap.

And with the Angels offense sputtering, you think they could use his bat these days?

Not every game ending shot should be treated the same as Joe Carter’s homer.

And I wouldn’t mind seeing people celebrate things like walk off homers a smidge more sincerely.

Wouldn’t it be more interesting to see the players celebrate based on what they would actually do instead of a carefully choreographed dance.

I want to see ball players thrilled at winning on the last swing of the bat, not Riverdance.

The only thing that Morales can take comfort in this year is that Chris Coghlan found a stupider injury in a post game celebration.

He wasn’t even the hero of the game. He was trying to shove a cream pie in the face of Wes Helms. And somehow he busted his knee.

I don’t even know how that is possible.
Did he have the pie on his knee?

But this is a recent tradition that I can do without. The pie in the face may have been funny once or twice, but like the bucket of Gatorade on the winning coach, it has become such a cliche that it is a joyless obligation rather than a fun ritual.

And Heaven forbid a guy be interviewed with a little dignity after getting the game winning hit. I would have love to see these guys pull that on Eddie Murray or Kirk Gibson after a game winning hit.

Or if you are going to do something… be original. The Keystone Cops thought pies in the face were hack.

But something just hit me… the steroid era is ending and dudes are getting hurt celebrating?

Maybe they are getting hurt because they are no longer juiced.

Better not try a forearm bash!

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Each team’s most recent no hitter

The new golden age of pitching is upon us… and no hitters (and near no hitters) seem to be a weekly occurrence.

With Matt Garza’s no hitter the other evening, the Rays have the most recent no hitter in baseball. Let’s take a look at each franchise’s most recent no hitter and see who has been waiting the longest.

Of course I am eliminating the Padres and the Mets from the discussion as they have yet to see their first (get on that, Oliver Perez!)

And I am not including the Armando Galaragga perfect game because officially, it wasn’t. (F— you Jim Joyce… yeah I know he was classy afterwards but still.)

THE MOST RECENT NO HITTERS
FOR EACH FRANCHISE

TAMPA PAY RAYS
Matt Garza – July 26th, 2010
5-0 over Detroit.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Edwin Jackson – June 25, 2010
1-0 over Tampa Bay

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Roy Halladay – May 29, 2010
1-0 over Florida. (Perfect Game)

OAKLAND A’S
Dallas Braden – May 9, 2010
4-0 over Tampa Bay. (Perfect Game.)

COLORADO ROCKIES
Ubaldo Jimenez – April 17, 2010
4-0 over Atlanta.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Mark Buehrle – July 23, 2009
5-0 over Tampa Bay. (Perfect Game.)

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Jonathan Sanchez – July 10, 2009.
8-0 over San Diego.

CHICAGO CUBS
Carlos Zambrano – September 14, 2008.
5-0 over Houston.

BOSTON RED SOX
Jon Lester – May 19, 2008.
7-0 over Kansas City.

DETROIT TIGERS
Justin Verlander – June 12, 2007.
4-0 over Milwaukee.

FLORIDA MARLINS
Anibal Sanchez – September 6, 2006.
2-0 over Arizona.

HOUSTON ASTROS
Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner –
June 11, 2003.
8-0 over New York Yankees.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Bud Smith – September 3, 2001
4-0 over San Diego.

MINNESOTA TWINS
Eric Milton – September 11, 1999
7-0 over Anaheim.

NEW YORK YANKEES
David Cone – July 18, 1999.
6-0 over Montreal. (Perfect Game.)

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon – July 12, 1997.
3-0 over Houston. (10 innings.)

LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Hideo Nomo – September 17, 1996.
9-0 over Colorado.

TEXAS RANGERS
Kenny Rogers – July 28, 1994.
4-0 over California. (Perfect Game.)

ATLANTA BRAVES
Kent Mercker – April 8, 1994.
6-0 over Los Angeles.

SEATTLE MARINERS
Chris Bosio – April 22, 1993.
2-0 over Boston.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Bret Saberhagen – August 26, 1991
7-0 over Chicago White Sox.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (AS MONTREAL EXPOS)
Dennis Martinez – July 28, 1991.
2-0 over Los Angeles. (Perfect Game.)

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson – July 13, 1991.
2-0 over Oakland.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Dave Steib – September 2, 1990.
3-0 over Cleveland.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM (AS CALIFORNIA ANGELS)
Mark Langston and Mike Witt – April 11, 1990.
1-0 over Seattle.

CINCINNATI REDS
Tom Browning – September 16, 1988.
1-0 over Los Angeles. (Perfect Game.)

MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Juan Nieves – April 15, 1987.
7-0 over Baltimore.

CLEVELAND INDIANS
Len Barker – May 15, 1981.
3-0 over Toronto. (Perfect Game.)

Bonus
WASHINGTON SENATORS
Bobby Burke – August 8, 1931
5-0 over Boston.

It’s been too long for the Reds, Brewers and Indians who went all of the 1990s and 2000s without one.

And the Orioles, Astros and Pirates better get one soon. Those combined no hitters are a mess for a list like this.

And who would have thought with Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine on the Braves all of those years the most recent no hitter would have been Kent Mercker?

I threw in Bobby Burke’s no hitter as well… the last one for the city of Washington.

So let’s get on it pitchers… I want this list to be obsolete!

(Yeah, I know Sandy Koufax wasn’t the most recent no hitter… but I like that picture. It’s my blog. Sue me.)

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Hey Kansas City… good job tonight.

All around great effort tonight by KC.

The pitching staff let up 8 fewer runs than the night before and the offense scored twice as many runs as their previous game.

Granted, they lost the other night 19-1 and tonight it was merely 11-2.

So they’ve been outscored 30-3 over the first 2 games.

They are at least getting better each game, and I am a glass half full kind of guy.

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