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Perfection! Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to toss a perfect game

Post by Ryan Divish on Aug. 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm with 14 Comments »
August 15, 2012 3:40 pm
Felix Hernandez celebrates after firing the first perfect game of his career and in Seattle Mariners franchise history (AP photo)

He’s made the all-star team.  He’s won an American League Cy Young award. And now he has perfection. Felix Hernandez put on a performance befitting his nickname “The King.”

The single most important player in the Mariners franchise owns yet another piece of its history. Hernandez tossed the Seattle Mariners first perfect game in franchise history in a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the third thrown this season.

Hernandez faced 27 hitters  and retired all 27 in a row and needed just 113 pitches to do so.

But it wasn’t just that he didn’t allow a single base runner. It was that he dominated Rays’ hitters, striking out 12 batters.

“I don’t have any words to explain this,” Hernandez said to the crowd, speaking on the field after the final out. “I’ve been working so hard to throw one and today is for you guys.”

This is why whenever Hernandez steps onto the mound, it should be labeled must-watch viewing. Because the possibility of a performance like this exists every time.

AP photo

In 2007, Hernandez tossed a 1-hitter against the Red Sox. He had a no-hitter into the eighth when JD Drew broke up it up.

Safeco Field has been home to two perfect games and a no-hitter this season. Earlier this season on April 21, Phil Humber of the White Sox threw a perfect game against the Mariners. On June 8, Seattle had its no-hitter of its own when six players combined on a no-hitter against the Dodgers.

Besides the combined no-hitter earlier this season, the only two other pitcher to even throw a no-hitter for the Mariners were Chris Bosio against the Red Sox in 1993and Randy Johnson against the Tigers in 1990.



Here’s a list of the pitchers that have thrown perfect game

  • Felix Hernandez, Seattle vs. Tampa Bay, 1-0, Aug. 15, 2012.
  • Matt Cain, San Francisco vs. Houston, 10-0, June 13, 2012.
  • Phil Humber, Chicago at Seattle, 4-0, April 21, 2012.
  • Roy Halladay, Philadelphia at Florida, 1-0, May 29, 2010.
  • Dallas Braden, Oakland vs. Tampa Bay, 4-0, May 9, 2010.
  • Mark Buehrle, Chicago (AL) vs. Tampa Bay, 5-0, July 23, 2009.
  • Randy Johnson, Arizona at Atlanta (NL), 2-0, May 18, 2004.
  • David Cone, New York (AL) vs. Montreal, 6-0, July 18, 1999.
  • David Wells, New York (AL) vs. Minnesota, 4-0, May 17, 1998.
  • Kenny Rogers, Texas vs. California (AL), 4-0, July 28, 1994.
  • Dennis Martinez, Montreal at Los Angeles (NL), 2-0, July 28, 1991.
  • Tom Browning, Cincinnati vs. Los Angeles (NL), 1-0, Sept. 16, 1988.
  • Mike Witt, California at Texas (AL), 1-0, Sept. 30, 1984.
  • Len Barker, Cleveland vs. Toronto (AL), 3-0, May 15, 1981.
  • Catfish Hunter, Oakland vs. Minnesota (AL), 4-0, May 8, 1968.
  • Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles vs. Chicago (NL), 1-0, Sept. 9, 1965.
  • Jim Bunning, Philadelphia at New York (NL), 6-0, June 21, 1964.
  • x-Don Larsen, New York (AL) vs. Brooklyn (NL), 2-0, Oct. 8, 1956.
  • Charles Robertson, Chicago at Detroit (AL), 2-0, April 30, 1922.
  • Addie Joss, Cleveland vs. Chicago (AL), 1-0, Oct. 2, 1908.
  • Cy Young, Boston vs. Philadelphia (AL), 3-0, May 5, 1904.

x — World Series

Prior to modern era
  • John Richmond, Worcester vs. Cleveland (NL), 1-0, June 12, 1880.
  • John Ward, Providence vs. Buffalo (NL), 5-0, June 17, 1880


Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. Good for FH!! Of course this happened after i cancelled my cable tv……..

  2. Oh dont worry, it was blacked out anyways

  3. royboy361 says:

    Felix clearly likes the heat!
    I’m genuinely happy for him.
    Didn’t realize how rare this was until I looked at the list.

  4. Ortingmom says:

    Way to go Felix !!! Just imagine Dave Niehaus going crazy

  5. weethepeople says:

    They’ll probably trade him now for a couple of 200 hitters.

  6. It was only a matter of time that Felix would put into practice what he had already realized: that he would have to do it all himself in order to get wins while being backed by a non-hitting, non run-producing team. Sure, unless he strikes out all 27 he has to have some defensive back-up, but it is his pitches that make defensive plays even possible.

    The fact this game was won 1-0 clearly shows the lack of run support he’s given; his win-loss percentage would be HUGE if his teammates would put together some type of respectable scoring instead of having him pitch his heart out only to be handed loss after loss through no continuing fault of his own. Good on ya, Felix. You have nothing to be ashamed of…except your teammates.

  7. It wasn’t blacked out, was on ROOT sports at 12:30. Will be replayed tonight.

  8. Congrats to Felix, well deserved!

    Looking at the list it’s strange how 14 of the 21 perfect games (in the modern era) have been after 1980, only 7 perfect games between 1900-1979.

  9. wallinator says:

    Now all King Felix needs is to pitch in a World Series in Seattle! Mariner brass better spend $20M on a couple sticks in the winter!!

  10. It was the free game on MLB.TV. He was so dominating, the Rays just looked so helpless.

    Even when Maddon tried to throw his timing off by arguing and getting tossed, Felix just blew’em away.

    Congrats King Felix!!

  11. From not a fan of Felix, way to go!

  12. Three things:

    1) Felix is proud, but without the least bit of snobbery, as far as I can tell. Here’s an example, from a recent blog entry by Shannon Drayer:

    Munenori Kawasaki was trying to do his regular stretching routine on the floor in front of his locker but was being tormented by Felix, who was up this morning watching Team USA beat Spain in the gold medal game of the Olympics. Felix, wearing his Dwyane Wade Miami Heat jersey, kept running out of the training room and lobbing a small rubber ball at Kawasaki on the floor. Then a hilarious dialogue between the two would break out, little of which could be understood by anyone.

    “Munenori!” Felix exclaimed.

    “Fifinori!” Kawasaki answered. “I am needing storage, understand?”

    “Hai hai!” Felix answered. “I understand. Wait, no. I don’t understand!”

    This went on for a good 10 minutes and everyone got a good laugh.

    2) At the end of his post-game remarks, Carl Willis gave a shout-out to Rick Adair and Rafael Chavez for their roles in Felix’s development. Classy on Willis’s part; I know that Felix was especially appreciative of the way Chavez guided him through his youth.

    3) Kudos to Larry LaRue, who takes some heat around here. Last time Felix was nearing contract time, Larry called for a big chill-out when some other media types were setting off the alarm sirens. Bottom line, Larry was right. It seems that Felix genuinely likes Seattle. (Wish some of that had rubbed off on Beltre.)

    Big congrats and thank you’s to Felix for one more sterling performance. This one goes to the Hall!

  13. bbnate420 says:

    How could anyone consider trading this guy?????? He is the effin team!!!!! As entertaining to watch as the Big Unit was in his heyday here. Hopefully the team can get it together and give him some good support for a few seasons. He doesn’t have any 20 win seasons and he should have at least 3 by the end of this season. Oh well. CONGRATS! You are the man!

    On a sour note, what the hell has happened to Saunders?

  14. dave8557 says:

    Thank goodness Wedge didn’t Felix out after 7 innings or 100 pitches. Funny how dominatng a pitcher can be after throwing 100 pitches in a game.

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