NL East standings on August 11, 1994.
Like, “Brooks Robinson silly” or “Ozzie Smith silly”?
This play is just silly.
He was a flamboyant player, a charismatic coach, and a sexual predator.
This is an incredible piece. Obivously full of trigger warnings.
I know that MLBO is rather light-hearted most of the time but this is so important it should be read.
Addie Joss*, the last pitcher to no-hit the same team twice. Joss threw 74 pitches in his October 1908 perfect game against the White Sox and then shut down the Sox again in April 1910.
Tim Lincecum threw two no-nos against the Padres in 347 days (July 13, 2013 and June 25, 2014)
* Joss died in April 1911 from meningitis and held a career record of 160-97 with a 1.89 ERA, second best ever behind “Big Ed” Walsh, 1.82. Joss holds the record for career WHIP, .97. The National Baseball Hall of Fame waived the ten playing seasons requirement for Joss in 1977 and he was elected to the Hall in 1978.
That’s it. That’s the list.
(Randy Johnson has one World Series ring with his multiple no-hitters and Cy Youngs.)
In honor of the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” Speech all MLB teams will wear this patch. MLB will also promote ALS awareness heavily over the July 4th weekend.
Courtesy @sportslogosnet on twitter
"An artisan with a bat whose daily pursuit of excellence produced a .338 lifetime batting average, 3,141 hits and a National League record-tying eight batting titles. Consistency was his hallmark, hitting above .300 in 19 of 20 major league seasons, including .394 in 1994. Renowned for ability to hit to all fields, frequently collecting opposite-field base hits between third base and shortstop. Struck out just once every 21 at bats. A 15-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove award winner. Hit .371 in two World Series - 1984 [lost to Tigers] and 1998 [lost to Yankees]."
Inducted in 2007 with 97.6% of the vote (532 of 545 ballots).
First, Maddux was convinced no hitter could tell the speed of a pitch with any meaningful accuracy. To demonstrate, he pointed at a road a quarter-mile away and said it was impossible to tell if a car was going 55, 65 or 75 mph unless there was another car nearby to offer a point of reference.
“You just can’t do it,” he said. Sometimes hitters can pick up differences in spin. They can identify pitches if there are different releases points or if a curveball starts with an upward hump as it leaves the pitcher’s hand. But if a pitcher can change speeds, every hitter is helpless, limited by human vision.
“Except,” Maddux said, “for that [expletive] Tony Gwynn.”
- Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post, January 7, 2014