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.)
TAMPA PAY RAYS
Matt Garza – July 26th, 2010
5-0 over Detroit.
Edwin Jackson – June 25, 2010
1-0 over Tampa Bay
Roy Halladay – May 29, 2010
1-0 over Florida. (Perfect Game)
Dallas Braden – May 9, 2010
4-0 over Tampa Bay. (Perfect Game.)
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.
Carlos Zambrano – September 14, 2008.
5-0 over Houston.
BOSTON RED SOX
Jon Lester – May 19, 2008.
7-0 over Kansas City.
Justin Verlander – June 12, 2007.
4-0 over Milwaukee.
Anibal Sanchez – September 6, 2006.
2-0 over Arizona.
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.
Eric Milton – September 11, 1999
7-0 over Anaheim.
NEW YORK YANKEES
David Cone – July 18, 1999.
6-0 over Montreal. (Perfect Game.)
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.
Kenny Rogers – July 28, 1994.
4-0 over California. (Perfect Game.)
Kent Mercker – April 8, 1994.
6-0 over Los Angeles.
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.)
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.
Tom Browning – September 16, 1988.
1-0 over Los Angeles. (Perfect Game.)
Juan Nieves – April 15, 1987.
7-0 over Baltimore.
Len Barker – May 15, 1981.
3-0 over Toronto. (Perfect Game.)
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.)