Found June 12, 2012 on The Baseball Page:
Did you know...Prior to Johan Santana's no-hitter against the Cardinals on June 1, the last time a defending World Series champion was victimized by a no-hitter:  June 11, 1990 - Texas Rangers' Nolan Ryan no-hit the Oakland A's at the Coliseum; final score:  5-0.  Ryan walked two and struck out 14, improving his record to 5-3.  The A's went on to play in the World Series that year, but were somehow  swept by the Cincinnati Reds in four games. Strangely enough, the 1973 World Champion A's were no-hit in on July 19, 1974 by Cleveland's Dick Bosman in front of 24,302 screaming Cleveland fans, by a final score of 4-0.  In a game that only took 1:56 to complete, Bosman struck out 4 and walked none, while improving his record to 2-0.  Bosman's own 4th-inning throwing error allowed the only runner of the game to reach base for Oakland, depriving himself of a perfect game.  The A's shrugged off the loss, and went on to play in the World Ser...

Mets Card of the Week: 2012 Johan Santana

2012 TOPPS ARCHIVES JOHAN SANTANA Seeing the square-shouldered Johan Santana on this 1971 Topps card explains everything. I realize now that the whole Madoff affair was just a smokescreen. The Wilpons have actually been flush with cash all along, but they were diverting funds in the service of a special project. The project? Send the rehabilitating Santana back in time to break...

The Day After Dickey's Dominance, Mets Go For Sweep Of Rays

This afternoon the Mets will try and sweep the Tampa Bay Rays when they send Johan Santana to the mound to face Jeremy Hellickson. Santana will look to rebound from a poor outing last Friday in the Bronx, and build upon his no-no Mojo. If the Mets win today, they will finish this difficult road trip at 4-5 after visiting Washington, NY, and Tampa Bay. The Mets got off to a 1-5 start, so if they

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Johan Santana

Claim to fame: Fresh off the first no-hitter in the 8,000+ game history of the New York Mets, Johan Santana appears fully recovered from the shoulder surgery that cost him the 2011 season. Santana's historic performance and his strong output through 11 starts this season suggest that the lefty's career is far from finished and that the dominant pitcher we saw in Minnesota...

What’s on my mind: A little bit of draft, Santana’s no-hitter and gaming

Last week, the MLB held another edition of the June Amateur Draft, and the most relevant story was that Mark Appel didn't get drafted until the 7th pick when most people thought he was going to be the first pick overall. The first pick instead was shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico. Now, the Pirates and Appel, who is being advised by Scott Boras face a complicated situation...

Hellickson looking for run support against Mets

New York Mets manager Terry Collins took fault with Johan Santana's most recent outing. Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays only has himself to blame for his latest performance. Coming off another pitching milestone, the Mets hope Santana can rebound from one of his worst starts of the season when he opposes Hellickson, who goes for his first victory in a month in Thursday...

Thoughts on the Subway Series sweep

When Squawker Jon and I went to get on the subway after Friday night's Subway Series game, a gleeful Yankee fan spotted Jon's Johan Santana shirt and opined, "It's all fun and games until you play the Yankees!" I snickered; Jon fumed. And that was only after the Mets lost just one game. Getting swept was not exactly in their game plan!So yes, I did jinx the...

R.A. Dickey Comes Within One Controversial Play of Mets' Second No-Hitter

Usually, the talk is of umpires taking away no hitters -- or, such as in the case of Johan Santana, possibly giving one away. However, baseball has found a new way to affect the no hitter in ways that are beyond the control of the players. Usually, the official scorekeeper is one of the most overlooked people in the ballpark, as their impact on the game can only be statistical, never...

Pre-Game: New York Mets (34-29) @ Tampa Bay Rays (35-27)

This afternoon at the “Trop”, the Mets go for the 3 game sweep of the Rays.  RA Dickey threw another absolute gem last night in the Mets 9-1 victory.  RA tossed his second career 1-hitter and in the process set the Mets team record with 32 2/3 scoreless innings pitched.  I’m not going to get into the David Wright misplay in the 1st inning that could have been ruled an error...

Buy Good Pitchers Who Are Running Bad

An odd thing has happened this year - though perhaps it happens every year: pitchers who were former (or prospective) aces, but recently left for dead, have recaptured their form for stretches of varying lengths. Consider Jake Peavy and Johan Santana - two former Cy Young Award winners you could have drafted in the later rounds. Santana - even after being shelled by the Yankees ...

There are still plenty of games left in the season

This weekend was brutal. There’s no way around that. It looks like Terry Collins made the wrong move pitching Johan Santana on two days of extra rest. But, I can’t really criticize the move that much because at the time I truly believed that Collins made the right move. I was wrong. He was wrong. So Friday night, the Mets pitching was terrible and their hitting was awful too...

The 140 Club: Curated Twitter News Service Debuts

NEW YORK, June 12, 2012 –, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, today announced the debut of The 140 Club (, a curated news service for fans to see what the world is saying about baseball and what baseball is saying about the world via the popular social networking service. This first edition of The 140 Club delivers more than a feed of...

Looking Back: June 11th

June 11 Rick Rhoden became the 1st pitcher ti be starting as a designated hitter (1988) Nolan Ryan became the oldest ptcher to have thrown a no hitter (1990) ESPN launched their program ESPN 3D (2010) // google_ad_client = "ca-pub-7180957052612181"; /* More Ads */ google_ad_slot = "0462974260"; google_ad_width = 180; google_ad_height = 150; // // //
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