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2006-09-06 20:07
by Bob Timmermann

As I think of them....

Anibal Sanchez of Florida, as you likely know, tossed a no-hitter against Arizona Wednesday night. Prior to Wednesday, the last team to throw a no-hitter was Arizona, in the person of Randy Johnson on May 18, 2004.

The last team that had thrown the previously most recent no-hitter that was in turn no-hit was the Chicago White Sox.

On August 11, 1991, Wilson Alvarez of Chicago threw a no-hitter at Baltimore. Just over two weeks later on August 26, 1991, Bret Saberhagen of Kansas City threw a no-hitter against the White Sox.

Two players played in Johnson's perfect game and Sanchez's no-hitter, both of them Arizona players. They are Chad Tracy, who batted leadoff for the DBacks in 2004 (??!!), and Luis Gonzalez. Johnny Estrada of Arizona was the starting catcher for Atlanta in 2004, but did not play Thursday. Arizona shortstop Steven Drew's older brother, JD Drew, started for Atlanta in 2004. Juan Cruz, who pitched for Arizona in the 2006 game, was on the Braves in 2004, but did not appear in Johnson's perfect game as Mike Hampton went the distance for the Braves.

Anibal Sanchez is the sixth pitcher who has a last name ending in z to throw a no-hitter.

The first was Joe Benz in 1914. Then Dennis Martinez in 1991. Then Wilson Alvarez later that same year. Then Ramon Martinez in 1995. And then Jose Jimenez in 1999.

The last no-hitter by a Marlins pitcher was on May 12, 2001 by A.J. Burnett in San Diego. None of the members of the 2001 Marlins are still with the team. The only members of the 2001 Padres who are still with the team are Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko (nominally), and Rudy Seanez, who was in Tour of Duty #2 with the Padres. He is presently on Tour #4.

2006-09-06 21:55:52
1.   confucius
I didn't realize that Saenez was back with the Pads. I assume they claimed him when Boston DFA'd him recently.
2006-09-06 23:46:02
2.   Linkmeister
Mike's rants shows Fernando pitching one on 6/29/90 and Andy Hawkins one a couple of days later. But didn't somebody pitch one the same day that Fernando did?
2006-09-06 23:48:20
3.   Linkmeister
Never mind. I can use Retrosheet if I know a fact to match. It was Dave Stewart.

2006-09-06 23:48:31
4.   Bob Timmermann
Dave Stewart pitched one for Oakland on 6/29/90. Stewart threw his at Toronto.
2006-09-07 01:10:37
5.   Greg Brock
No other sport has the sort of slow buildup, anticipation, and joy that matches watching a pitcher throw a no-hitter. It's just one of those many things that makes baseball the best sport in the world.

I feel like Bob Costas. I'll stop now.

2006-09-07 07:23:16
6.   Bob Timmermann
Tell us about how Mickey Mantle changed your life...
2006-09-07 12:14:04
7.   Linkmeister
5 No other sport? Ladies and germs, I give you...Curling!

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