Honestly, you guys, these are *supposed* to be pretty rare...
August 15, 2012 7:16 PM Subscribe
posted by hincandenza (64 comments total)
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Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners has pitched the Major League's
24th 23rd perfect game
, in a 12-strikeout, 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. You can watch an abbreviated video showing all 27 outs in succession at mlb.com here
This marks the third perfect game thrown in the major leagues this season, with about one-quarter of the season still left to be played. Non-baseball fans who read Metafilter may be unaware that this is not
actually a common feat, as only 16 perfect games were thrown in the history of baseball prior to 2004, often with several years or even decades
between perfect games.
Yet in just the last 9 seasons, almost one third of all perfect games in history have been thrown (or exactly one-third, if we count Armando Galarraga's stolen perfect game in 2010
). There had never been two perfect games in the same year- until two were thrown in 2010, and now three and counting in 2012.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been a solid hitting team and perennial playoff contender over the last several years, yet seem unusually snake-bit when it comes to no-hitters/perfect games
, as they have been no-hit 4 times since 2009- of which three
have been perfect games.
It also is the third no-hitter and second perfect game involving the Seattle Mariners this year at their home park of Safeco Field, as they were the victims of the Phil Humber perfect game
in April, and combined for a rare six-pitcher no-hitter in June