List of Arizona Diamondbacks no-hitters

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Phoenix, Arizona. Formed in 1998, they play in the National League West division. Pitchers for the Diamondbacks have thrown 2 no-hitters in franchise history.[1] A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "when a pitcher (or pitchers) retires each batter on the opposing team during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings".[2] No-hitters of less than nine complete innings were previously recognized by the league as official; however, several rule alterations in 1991 changed the rule to its current form.[3] A no-hitter is rare enough that only one team in Major League Baseball has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a] Randy Johnson threw the first and only perfect game, a special subcategory of no-hitter, in Diamondbacks history on May 18, 2004.[4] As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[2]

The umpire is also an integral part of any no-hitter. The task of the umpire in a baseball game is to make any decision "which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out… [the umpire's judgment on such matters] is final."[5] Part of the duties of the umpire making calls at home plate includes defining the strike zone, which "is defined as that area over homeplate (sic) the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap."[5] These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter.[6]

The manager is another integral part of any no-hitter. The tasks of the manager include determining the starting rotation as well as batting order and defensive lineup every game.

List of no-hitters in Diamondbacks history[edit]

 ¶  Indicates a perfect game
 £  Pitcher was left-handed
 *  Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
# Date Pitcher Final score Base-
runners
Opponent Catcher Plate umpire Manager Notes Ref
1 May 18, 2004 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson£¶ 2–0 0 @ Atlanta Braves Hammock, RobbyRobby Hammock Gibson, GregGreg Gibson Brenly, BobBob Brenly
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First and only perfect game in franchise history
  • First Diamondbacks no-hitter on the road
  • First and only left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • Johnson threw his previous no-hitter almost fourteen years earlier with the Mariners
  • See also: Randy Johnson's perfect game
[7]
2 June 25, 2010 Jackson, EdwinEdwin Jackson 1–0 10 @ Tampa Bay Rays Montero, MiguelMiguel Montero Johnson, AdrianAdrian Johnson Hinch, A. J.A. J. Hinch
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • First and only right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • Jackson walked eight and hit a batter on 149 pitches, the most ever for a no-hitter in MLB history
  • The Rays became the first team since the 2001 Padres to be no-hit twice in a season, and the first team in history to be no-hit three times within a one-year span
[8]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks Franchise History". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "MLB Miscellany: Rules, regulations and statistics". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (June 29, 2008). "No-hit win makes no sense, except in baseball". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Umpires: Rules of Interest". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bronson, Eric. Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box, Pgs 98–99. ISBN 0-8126-9556-9. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "May 18, 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "June 25, 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 

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