They're rare, though perhaps not as completely rare as you might believe. Josh Beckett's no-hitter on Sunday was the 283rd thrown in major league history.
When you think of the pitchers who have thrown no-nos, fireballers like Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan and
And certainly, baseball lore is filled with the classic hard-throwing arms who simply dominated the opposition.
But there are plenty of no-hitters by guys like Beckett, pitchers well best their prime years. And some by those who never really had a prime.
That's the fascination of no-hitters, they can seem so arbitrary.
Kevin Gross, who won more than 13 games only once in his career, went 8-13 in 1992, the year he threw a no-hitter for the Dodgers. Fernando Valenzuela was well past his prime and almost 2,400 innings into his career when he threw a no-hitter for the Dodgers in 1990; they released him the next spring.
Sandy Koufax threw four no-hitters in which you just assumed no one had a chance, but
Sometimes you just can’t see them coming. Beckett doesn’t throw almost 100 mph like he once did, but he can still get it up to 93. But the Beckett who threw Sunday’s gem is 34 and suddenly relying a lot more on his curve and, against the