Philip Humber of the White Sox just threw the 21st perfect game in MLB history vs the Seattle Mariners. Congrats to him.
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Hah, you barely beat me, still pretty awesome.
By about half a second. I'm trigger happy.
Hawk Harrelson didn't get to call it.
You mean to tell me that, "HE GONE"?
Unfortunately not, it was a Fox national broadcast today so the local announcers got the day off.
The world's biggest homer doesn't get to call the biggest individual player achievement of his long tenure on the South Side. Just too funny.
Hawk called Beuhrle's perfecto a few years ago
Thought It was only a no-no at the time I wrote it. Still doesnt change the fact that he must be chapped that he didn't get to call two pg's for his beloved Sox.
Congrats to Philip Humber! Go White Sox!
Just had to. WOO now I get to make fun of Tigers fans for a little while until they win the division!
I know who I will be avoiding today.
You mean the 22nd Perfect Game.
one-hitter I've ever seen!
Galarraga in all honesty got 28 outs that game. So he should be credited with 1.03703 perfect games.
I don't understand why the MLB can't credit Galarraga for the "perfect game". It was the ninth inning with two outs. Just put an asterisk next to it in the history books.
Tiger fans count this as the 22nd perfecto in history.
The question is do you pick him up in fantasy?
is that you stream all pitchers facing Seattle in Seattle.
Congrats Philip. Boo White Sox.
I'm not an ump; however my reactions were a) I don't think he went, and b) it was close enough that I don't think that's a call the home plate ump should be making.
What would have made it very interesting is if Pierzynski didn't get to the ball quick enough, and the runner was somehow able to make it on to first. It's very unlikely, but not impossible.
he possibly could have. I think he still would have been out but it would have been close.
Because it's not fair if a 14 year old is pitching in little league.
Edit: reply fail, @ Mr.Mario
I'm sure the first thing he did was go on MGoBlog to see what people were saying about it. Douche.
I was cheering for him to get perfection, even though I am a Mariners fan. Congrats
Just dropped him from my fantasy squad the other day, shit.
That's nothing. I saw Gary Matthews Jr. hit for the natural cycle in September 2006 in Detroit in a torrential rainstorm.
It's been done 14 times, and like 4 times in 33 years. Perfect games are way more common.
The critical difference is I'll bet very few people knew it was happening that night because it was a visiting player and the Tigers were in an intense pennant race at the time. I didn't learn until a few days later.
Unbelievable day for Humber. Probably baseball's greatest individual one-game accomplishment, pitcher or hitter.
According to the ever-reliable wikipedia, hitting for the cycle has been done 293 times since the 1880s. Hitting for the cycle is more common than perfect games, but less common than no-hitters, IIRC.
On the other hand, perfect games are starting to be much more common than they used to. About half of them have occured within the last 20 years, which is roughly one every two years. That's why they aren't as "special" as they used to be. I wonder why that is. It probably has something to do with the fact that there's almost twice as many teams (30) as there used to be (16) in the majors, but that doesn't fully explain it.
Actually, it pretty much does considering that there are now almost twice the amount of games played throughout a season and now there is a dilution of talent throughout the MLB because there are more teams.
If anything, there's MORE talent in the bigs than there way years ago because the scouting system is way better so talented players don't get overlook and end up playing for some semi-pro in North Dakota. The most important source of talent, however is international players who are coming to the bigs in ever-increasing numbers. Plus, if the talent was really getting watered-down, we'd see a few good players among a sea of mediocrity. That would be reflected in a greater disparity between the elites and the normal players in, say, batting average. But if you look at it, the standard deviation of batting average has been on a pretty steady decrease since the early 1900s. Hence the argument that there's less talent isn't really substantiated.
If, then, we take the remaining issue, more games, let's again examine the numbers. When there were 16 teams each playing 154 games per year, there were 1232 games played per year. During those years (1901-1961), there were 4 perfect games, which means that there were 18,480 games played per perfect game. During the past decade, there have been 5, for a total of one perfect game per 4,860 games played. Obviously this is not a rigorous statistical analysis, and I've forgotten too much stats to actually do so, but it seems to me that despite there being more games played, the numbers would seem to indicate that it's disproportionately more frequent than it used to be.
He was talking about the natural cycle. Single, Double, Triple, Home Run. In order.