What do the Cubs and the Marlins have in common?
[Neither have won a game in their new ballpark.]
The last October regular season no-hitter was in 1972 and thrown by the Expos’ Bill Stoneman.
Henderson Alvarez pitches a no-hitter…when the winning run scores in the bottom of the ninth on a bases loaded WILD PITCH.
The last player to throw a last-day-of-the-season no-hitter was Bumpus Jones, Cincinnati Reds, October 15, 1892.
Alvarez was in the on-deck circle so he may be the first pitcher mobbed after a no-hitter while wearing a helmet.
Oh and the Marlins swept the Tigers.
Henderson Alvarez just threw nine innings of no-hit ball, but not a no-hitter.
Miami heads to the bottom of the ninth tied 0-0. If the Marlins score, no-hitter. If they don’t it’s likely a no-decision for Alvarez…although he’s only at 99 pitches and it’s the last game of the season.
The last pitcher to have a nine-inning no-hit no-decision? Francisco Cordova, Pirates, July 12, 1997. (@jeffpassan)
"Did you catch that?" Good morning, Tumblr. He caught that.
Even MLB has Little League moments.
After the game the coaches took the Rockies and Marlins out for pizza and ice cream.
I dunno, man, that .299 slugging percentage from Juan Pierre is pretty suspicious.
(h/t Big League Stew)(via oldtimefamilybaseball)
the Fish have not scored in 37 innings…the longest such streak in MLB since the Astros didn’t score in 42 straight innings (July 13-20, 1985).
But the ballpark is GORGEOUS.
(Sources: WGN-AM and Juan C. Rodriguez, @JCRMarlinsBeat)
Two other facts:
- still not the longest Mets game: Sept. 11, 1974 - Mets lost to the Cardinals 4-3 in 25 innings, after 7 hours and 4 minutes
- The Marlins have won 17 games this season, 7 against the Mets and 10 versus the rest of MLB
How do you not love baseball?
There is no truth to the rumor that the injury stems from his repeated attempts to hail a cab to get the hell out of Miami.
Bryce Harper scored 3 by himself against the Marlins.
The Marlins tend to get a bad rap. I mean, sure, they’ve had three fire sales in less than 20 years of existence, tricked the city of Miami into building their new stadium (only to lead to that third fire sale), and Jeffrey Loria may or may not be trying to usher in a new era of darkness, but one could, if they were into that kind of thing, make an argument for the Marlins side. Well, today it’s getting a little tougher as the Marlins have threatened to sue two of their season ticket holders.
Okay, maybe that’s a little glib, but there’s not a whole lot more beyond the story. Basically, Bill and Jan Leon, season ticket holders to the team since 1998, signed a two-year contract with the team for $25,000 for seats down the third base line in the new stadium. During the year, more padding was introduced which obstructed their view and the Leon’s requested to be moved to new seats for 2013 before paying their bill. The Marlins, thus far, have not agreed to move the Leons.
Which, fine, maybe the Marlins have a reason to be upset. And maybe if another club did this, it wouldn’t even be news. And sure, maybe the Leons just don’t want to go to any more Marlins games at all, but when you’re arguing with two people who have continued to purchase season tickets when the rest of the people in Miami experience either deep feelings of anger or apathy, don’t you just stamp “approved” and give the Leons new seats? For a team that already set the record for lowest attendance in a new park, and that’s before another tear down, don’t you step up your game when it comes to fan loyalty?
Then again, who knows what’s going on in Jeffrey Loria’s mind, perhaps he’s too busy fantasizing about what new sculpture can be placed in the outfield and wondering what to do with that woman he just tied to the train tracks outside of town.
Those are train tracks in the background, by the way.
"The line for single-game tickets outside #Marlins Park, less than 30 min before they go on sale” - @joecapMARLINS
So instead of petitions to secede, Floridians should put forward a petition for the Justice Department to investigate the Marlins for fraud and grand larceny.
Just kidding. Maybe.
(h/t on Johnson info from http://oldtimefamilybaseball.tumblr.com…a must-follow)
Update: Also Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and others all to the Blue Jays.