Aquilino "The Rat" Lobez
Juan "Ducky" Colinas
Chin "Missing Link" Chong
Now, contemplate what they have in common. The answer is simple really, this list of men is a small sample of men fortunate enough in their careers to do the unthinkable. These men, at one point in their careers, pitched no-hitters.
The no-hitter is one of the rarest of achievements in baseball, only slightly more common than the perfect game. In fact, in 10 years of WBH history, there have been a total of 28 no-no's and only one pitcher has been fortunate enough to accomplish this feat twice, Hector "Bonkers" Queme.
More interesting breakdowns of this phenomenon include:
- The United States leads the way with 8 of 28 no-hitters.
- Four leagues, Venezuela, Canada, Panama, and Mexico are still searching for their first.
- Four franchises have accomplished this feat twice or more, Detroit (who amazingly had both no-hitters in the same month!), Mao (who is one of two teams to throw no-hitters in two separate leagues), Mariel, and Baracoa (who leads all franchises with three no-hitters, all in separate leagues).
- The first no-hitter in league history was thrown by Aquilino Lobez of the Toledo Mudhens, on July 27th, 2007. He retired 10 via strikeout and only walked one man.
- The most recent no-hitter in league history was thrown by Seok-heung Yi of the Samsung Lions of Suwon on August 6th, 2015. He retired 12 via strikeout and only walked two.
I invite your comments, questions, and suggestions for future blog entries.