BD Hot Stove: No No-No No No No | Baseball Digest
This morning’s local paper had its daily “What do these three things have common?” sports trivia. In this case it was the names Hideo Nomo, Ramon Martinez and Kevin Gross. I correctly guessed that they were last three Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers to throw a no-hitter. It then got me thinking about the New York Mets.
It is remarkable, especially given the great pitchers the team has employed over the years, that the franchise has never had a no-hitter in their 49 year history. Among the greats and “very goods” that have donned the Mets uniform are Hall of Fame member Tom Seaver, Cy Young winners Doc Gooden, David Cone, Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Tom Glavine, Frank Viola, and Bret Saberhagen (albeit all but Gooden won the Cy Young with other teams), and steady throwers like Ron Darling, Al Leiter, Jon Matlack, Jerry Koosman, and Sid Fernandez.
Especially frustrating to Mets fans has to be the fact that several of their hurlers threw no-hitters once they left the Mets (Seaver, Cone (Perfect), and Gooden come to mind immediately). But although the Mets have gone the longest without ever recording a no-hitter, they are not alone in the goose egg department. The San Diego Padres have yet to record a hit-less ball game as well. Meanwhile, the Brewers, Blue Jays, and Rockies (in 2010) have just one apiece in their history.
There’s no rhyme or reason to who will throw a no-hitter either. Some of the greatest pitchers in baseball history have never thrown one, yet sub-par throwers like Joe Cowley have tossed, with a lot of walks, a no-no. Bobo Holloman threw a no-hitter in his first major league start and only had two more wins in his entire one year career.
So we present you with a list of the last no-hitter thrown by each team in major league baseball. The longest stretch? The Cleveland Indians who haven’t blanked a team’s hit column since Len Barker threw a perfect game in 1981.
Arizona – Edwin Jackson 6/25/10 vs. Tampa
Atlanta – Kent Mercker 4/8/94 vs. LAD
Chicago – Carlos Zambrano 9/14/08 vs. Houston
Cincinnati – Tom Browning 9/16/88 vs. LAD
Colorado – Ubaldo Jimenez 4/17/10 vs. Atlanta
Florida – Anibal Sanchez 9/6/06 vs. Arizona
Los Angeles – Hideo Nomo 9/17/96 vs. Colorado
Milwaukee (while in AL) – Juan Nieves 4/15/87 vs. Baltimore
Philadelphia – Roy Halladay (ALDS) 10/6/10 vs. Cincannati; reg season – Halladay 5/29/10 vs. Florida
St. Louis – Bud Smith 9/3/01 vs. San Diego
San Francisco – Jonathan Sanchez 7/10/09 vs. San Diego
Washington (as Montreal) – Dennis Martinez (perfect) 7/28/91 vs. LAD
Boston – Jon Lester 5/19/08 vs. Kansas City
Chicago – Mark Buehrle (perfect) 7/23/09 vs. Tampa Bay
Cleveland – Len Barker (perfect) 5/15/81 vs. Toronto
Detroit – Justin Verlander 6/12/07 vs. Milwaukee
Kansas City – Bret Saberhagen 8/26/91 vs. CHW
Minnesota – Eric Milton 9/11/99 vs LAA
New York – David Cone (perfect) 7/18/99 vs. Montreal (WAS)
Oakland – Dallas Braden (perfect) 5/9/10 vs. Tampa Bay
Seattle – Chris Bosio 4/22/93 vs. Boston
Tampa Bay – Matt Garza 7/26/10 vs. Detroit
Texas – Kenny Rogers 7/28/94 vs. LAA
Toronto – Dave Stieb 9/2/90 vs. Cleveland
Oh, and why the multiple “No” in today’s title? What better way to pay homage to no-hitters then with George Thorogood and the Destroyers version of “Nobody But Me”? Enjoy and be sure to check out the latest hot stove news below the video.
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