Can you get any closer to a no-hitter than what Matt Moore did? I think you can

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore was one out away from a no-hitter. He was so close but couldn’t get the job done. In response to this, Major League Baseball’s official Twitter account made this comment.

One out away from a no-hitter is pretty close. But can you get any closer? How do you quantify it? Does being one strike away from a no-hitter qualify as being closer? Or what about this guy?

I had a discussion with my friend about this and we were both on a different spectrum. I didn’t quite agree with the wording of this tweet. I believe that there have been people that have been closer. I brought up the example of Pedro Martinez when he was with the Expos. He was perfect through nine innings but because his team didn’t score, they had to go to extra innings. In the 10th, Martinez gave up a hit. But on paper, he went nine hitless innings. On paper, he matched the requirement to reach a no-hitter. His team didn’t deliver on offense.

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Branding hashtag makes Giants Twitter give out false information

On Twitter, the San Francisco Giants brand themselves as #SFGiants. That’s their twitter hashtag. It’s short and effective. Good.

But when sharing some information about Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter, they had to find a way to put that hashtag in. Unfortunately, their tweet ended up giving the wrong information.

As you can see, both Christy Mathewson and Tim Lincecum hold multiple no-hitters in Giants franchise history. But the tweet reads as if Mathewson wore a San Francisco Giants uniform when he threw his no-nos. That’s not true. Mathewson spent his days with the Giants while the team was in New York. He retired way before the Giants moved west.

Branding your image is one thing. But when it becomes a habit, stuff like this happens.

MLB’s #DOMINoNo promotion is not going so well

Last year, MLB had this promotion in which following a no-hitter, fans can claim a code for a free pizza from Domino’s. I did it last year and it was cool.

Today they ran the same promotion. The only problem is that the server was down when it was time to claim the pizza and the reactions on Twitter is pretty funny. Well, it’s funny unless you’re really hungry.

It’s pretty embarrassing for MLB and Domino’s.

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Tim Lincecum and the no-no: No-hitters are still fun to watch

Tim Lincecum celebrates his no-hitter with Buster Posey.

Tim Lincecum celebrates his no-hitter with Buster Posey.

I didn’t watch the entire game. I was too busy watching the A’s beat the Red Sox. But I switched over just in time to see Tim Lincecum throw a no-hitter. No-hitters are always fun, no matter who throws them. It’s a sign of a great accomplishment and it lives forever in time. Despite four walks and a career-high 148 pitches, it still is an amazing feat.

The Padres are a bad team and it showed. But having that kind of control and ability to stop a team, that’s impressive. And the reaction from Lincecum is what made it so special to see. The relief on his face after the final out shows that he still knows he has it in him and maybe this was what he needed to get his confidence back.

Go celebrate. It’s still amazing to see in baseball. No matter who throws it, it’s a moment in time that will never be forgotten.

No-hitters are still special even though they’ve become too frequent

Baseball is a children’s game and celebrations like these are priceless.

Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Major League Baseball has had 17 no-hitters, including the one thrown by Homer Bailey tonight.

In this day and age, no-hitters are much more frequent. But it still is a beautiful thing to see. I enjoy it more when the celebration following is just so joyful. The hugs, the pies, the Gatorade showers. Those are the things that really make these things fun.

Despite power numbers growing and hitters getting smarter, it’s still a pitcher’s game and this is why the dominance has continued in these past few seasons. And every time I see it, it’s pretty fun and brings me back to the joys of this beautiful game.

The Mariners’ combined no-hitter last night should be appreciated

Last night, six Mariners pitchers combined to no-hit the Dodgers. It was the 10th combined no-hitter in big league history.

Some people have said that it’s not as exciting or worthy of a no-hitter thrown by one pitcher. I disagree.

Even though there are fewer combined no-hitters, it’s still a tough task. Putting in relievers to try to finish a job is tough. And you could say because there were different relievers, it made hitting for the Dodgers harder. But I still believe that it is tougher on the relievers because they all knew that they had to be near perfect to achieve it.

Regardless, celebrate a great achievement no matter how it’s done. Plus, the Mariners were in teal which made visually pleasing.