List of Washington Nationals no-hitters

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The Washington Nationals are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Washington D.C.. They play in the National League East division. Formed as an expansion team, the Montreal Expos, in 1969, the franchise was based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, through the 2004 season. There were four no-hitters in franchise history while the team was based in Montreal. The team has been based in Washington since the 2005 season, and no pitcher for the Nationals has thrown a no-hitter since the relocation.[1][2]

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".[3] 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.[4] Only one franchise in Major League Baseball has never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter.[a]

Dennis Martínez threw the first and thus far only perfect game, a special subcategory of no-hitter, in Expos/Nationals franchise history on July 28, 1991, during the Expos era.[1] As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[3]

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 Expos/Nationals 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 April 17, 1969 Stoneman, BillBill Stoneman (1) 7–0 5 @ Philadelphia Phillies Bateman, JohnJohn Bateman Gorman, TomTom Gorman Mauch, GeneGene Mauch (1)
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First no-hitter on the road in franchise history
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • Stoneman's fifth career start; ninth game in Expos franchise history
[7]
2 October 2, 1972 Stoneman, BillBill Stoneman (2) 7–0 8 New York Mets Montero, MiguelMiguel Montero Johnson, AdrianAdrian Johnson Mauch, GeneGene Mauch (2)
  • First game of a doubleheader
  • First no-hitter at home in franchise history
  • First no-hitter pitched in a regular-season game in Canada
[8]
3 May 10, 1981 Lea, CharlieCharlie Lea 4–0 4 San Francisco Giants Carter, GaryGary Carter Quick, JimJim Quick Williams, DickDick Williams
  • Second game of a doubleheader
[9]
4 July 28, 1991 Martinez, DennisDennis Martinez 2–0 0 @ Los Angeles Dodgers Hassey, RonRon Hassey Poncino, LarryLarry Poncino Runnells, TomTom Runnells
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • First and only perfect game in franchise history and 13th in MLB history
  • Hassey becomes the first catcher of two Major League perfect games
  • Final no-hitter as the Montreal Expos
[10]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Washington Nationals and Montreal Expos on Baseball Almanac". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Washington Nationals Franchise History". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "MLB Miscellany: Rules, regulations and statistics". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (June 29, 2008). "No-hit win makes no sense, except in baseball". ESPN. 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. ^ "April 17, 1969 Montreal Expos at Philadelphia Phillies Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "October 2, 1972 New York Mets at Montreal Expos Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "May 10, 1981 San Francisco Giants at Montreal Expos Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "July 28, 1991 Montreal Expos at Los Angeles Dodgers Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 

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