List of Toronto Blue Jays no-hitters
The Toronto Blue Jays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formed in 1977, they play in the American League East division. Pitchers for the Blue Jays have thrown one no-hitter in franchise history, which was accomplished by Dave Stieb on September 2, 1990, after losing three no-hit bids with two outs in the ninth inning. 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”. 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. A no-hitter is rare enough that one team in Major League Baseball has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a]
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.” 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." These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter.
No perfect games, a special subcategory of no-hitter, have been thrown in Blue Jays history. The franchise came closest on August 4, 1989, when Stieb gave up a double to the Yankees’ batter Roberto Kelly with two outs in the ninth and he later scored by the next batter. As defined by Major League Baseball, “in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game.”
List of no-hitters in Blue Jays history
|¶||Indicates a perfect game|
|£||Pitcher was left-handed|
|*||Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum|
|1||September 2, 1990||Stieb, DaveDave Stieb||3–0||4||Cleveland Indians||Borders, PatPat Borders||Coble, DrewDrew Coble||Gaston, CitoCito Gaston||
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