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.


Carl, that was not on MLBlogs, it was on Youtube.com. It’s illegal to show MLB rightsholder broadcast video on youtube and anything there eventually is removed. If you’re going to link to Youtube’s video, then why not link to MLB.com’s video of it?

Hey Mark,

Since I’m pretty naive to the subject I have a question. Who would I contact at MLB Advanced Media to gain permission to continue to use the footage of the last play from Anibal’s no-no?



MLB has removed the YOUTUBE video of the last play of Anibal’s no-no from my blog. You would think that since we’re on MLB’s site they would promote it?

Ode to the era of intellectual property. I guess anyone who wants to see if Byrnes was really safe or out will have to pay a licensing fee to MLB.



Ok I’ve got a lot of flack from people that the Byrnes play was clearly an out, so I’ve decided to add the video footage of the last play to show all you naysayers that to the naked eye Byrnes looked SAFE!!!!

If you want to see with your own eyes the controversial 27th out in Anibal’s no-hitter go to:


Carl The Cabbie

The likely answer to Zoe’s question is too complex for me to stab at, but the fact the drought occcured during the highest strikeout era in history, is, I think, particularly interesting and worthy of deeper analysis.


OK, we’ve talked about the W-L reocrds of teams the day after their blogger has been on MLBradio. Who here can tell me about the W-L record of teams for the game after they’ve been no-hitted?

(And yes, high-time the Mets had a no-hitter!)


Life, Baseball & Eric Byrnes


Zoe I think it has more to do with the hitters than the pitchers. I think the pitching talent in the league now is as good as it’s ever been, just the hitters are so good now that it overshadows things. Also with the DH in the American league, that adds another 3-5 AB’s a game that used to be taken up by a pitcher which doesn’t help the cause of the no-no.


Fewer no hitters–is it because there are fewer truly great pitchers now than 20 years ago? Or is it because batters are better? A little of both?
Mets need their first no-hitter! And if it came post-season? I’d faint with joy.


Ask and ye shall receive, I’d like to think we all played a small part in drawing forth the no-no at long last! I hope the Marlins make the playoffs, someone has to take care of the METS!!!

Byrnes reminded me of what happened to me when I talked to Will Clark in the Giants’ clubhouse after he’d been no-hit by Terry Mulholland. You never, ever, ever, ever, ever want to talk to a no-hit team representative. Ever, ever, ever. It is the worst thing in sportswriting…just about. There is only one answer: “How the **** do you think I feel? That is the stupidest question ever?” Saw that someone asked Byrnes.

The author of Red Sox Nation Daily thinks Byrnesie was safe. I noticed that the play at first was not replayed. Only the hit and Sanchez’ reaction.

But no way a close call on an infield hit was going to the runner in that situation.

Still, I love Byrnesie for his all out effort, no matter what the situation. Doubtless there are players who would not have tried so hard to be safe on a grounder to short wit two out in the 9th of a no-no.


Life, Baseball & Eric Byrnes


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