Long Live The No-Hitter
Am knee-deep in writing about it for MLB.com right now, but just a note about Anibal Sanchez’s no-hitter tonight and The Drought discussed again two posts earlier.
It was the second-longest drought in Major League Baseball history if you go by actual MLB game days (excluding dark days or All-Star breaks). The one from 1931-34 was the only longer one, and that would have been surpassed next mid-May if no one had thrown a no-hitter before then. That is the criteria I have been using, focusing on actual duration (I consider offseasons irrelevant but have seen this factored in tonight in some reports).
After Sanchez’s no-hitter, AP and all outlets are reporting that it’s the longest such drought in MLB history. Elias Stats Bureau is going by TOTAL games played between no-hitters. In other words, just realize how many more games there are in the recent era than the days of eight teams per league. I thought actual time was more relevant and still believe it is, but we’ll be listing it both ways. So it’s either the longest or second-longest depending on which criteria you want to use, and either way it was a long, long, long, long time between Randy Johnson’s perfect game in May of 2004 and this one. I’m glad it’s over, just as a fan…and as a writer.
Sure has been a long time since the last American League no-hitter! Derek Lowe in 2002. Guess I will have to write about that going forward.