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The Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels (l.), Jake Diekman, Ken Giles And Jonathan Papelbon Threw A No-Hitter Tonight

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels (l.), Jake Diekman, Ken Giles And Jonathan Papelbon Threw A No-Hitter Tonight

It’s happened 11 times – combined no-hitters – including tonight.

Four Philadelphia Phillies pitchers joined arms to toss a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves.

The first combined no-hitter, almost 100 years ago, featured none other than Babe Ruth himself, as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Crazy thing is, he was tossed from the game for arguing balls and strikes before even recording an out. Ernie Shore came in and retired all 27 batters, including the one the Babe left on base.

The second combined no-hitter, by the Baltimore OriolesSteve Barber and Stu Miller, is the only one that was a loss.

The two most recent combined no-nos before tonight were both in interleague play and featured no less than six pitchers apiece. That’s a lot of pitchers.

TEAM PITCHERS IP AGAINST FINAL SCORE DATE
1. Boston Red Sox Babe Ruth 0 Washington Senators 4-0 Jun. 23, 1917
Ernie Shore 9
2. Baltimore Orioles Steve Barber 8.2 Detroit Tigers 2-1 (Loss) Apr. 30, 1967
    Stu Miller 0.1      
3. Oakland A’s Vida Blue 5 California Angels 5-0 Sep. 28, 1975
Glenn Abbott 1
Paul Lindblad 1
Rollie Fingers 2
4. Chicago White Sox Blue Moon Odom 5 Oakland A’s 2-1 Jul. 28, 1976
    Francisco Barrios 4      
5. California Angels Mark Langston 7 Seattle Mariners 1-0 Apr. 11, 1990
Mike Witt 2
6. Baltimore Orioles Bob Milacki 6 Oakland A’s 2-0 Jul. 13, 1991
    Mike Flanagan 1      
    Mark Williamson 1      
    Gregg Olson 1      
7. Atlanta Braves Kent Mercker 6 San Diego Padres 1-0 Sep. 11, 1991
Mark Wohlers 2
Alejandro Pena 1
8. Pittsburgh Pirates Francisco Cordova 9 Houston Astros 3-0 Jul. 12, 1997
    Ricardo Rincon 1      
9. Houston Astros Roy Oswalt 1 New York Yankees 8-0 Jun. 11, 2003
Pete Munro 2.2
Kirk Saarloos 1.1
Brad Lidge 2
Octavio Dotel 1
Billy Wagner 1
10. Seattle Mariners Kevin Millwood 6 Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 Jun. 8, 2012
    Charlie Furbush 0.2      
    Stephen Pryor 0.1      
    Lucas Luetge 0.1      
    Brandon League 0.2      
    Tom Wilhelmsen 1      
11. Philadelphia Phillies Cole Hamels 6 Atlanta Braves 7-0 Sep. 1, 2014
Jake Diekman 1
Ken Giles 1
Jonathan Papelbon 1

Photo: Curtis Compton, Atlanta-Journal Constitution via santamariatimes.com

MLB: Top 20 Pitchers with the Best Career Strikeout-to-Walk Ratios

Minimum 1,000 strikeouts, 1901-Present

PITCHER K-BB RATIO K BB* ARM CAREER SPAN
1. Curt Schilling 4.38 3,116 711 R 1988-2007
2. Pedro Martinez 4.15 3,154 760 R 1992-2009
3. Mariano Rivera 4.10 1,173 286 R 1995-2013
4. Dan Haren 4.04 1,851 458 R 2003-Present
5. Cliff Lee 3.93 1,824 464 L 2002-Present
6. Cole Hamels 3.78 1,667 441 L 2006-Present
7. Trevor Hoffman 3.69 1,133 307 R 1993-2010
8. Jon Lieber 3.68
1,553 422 R 1994-2002, 2004-2008
9. Bret Saberhagen 3.64 1,715 471 R 1984-1995, 1997-1999, 2001
10. Ben Sheets 3.59 (3.5908) 1,325 369 R 2001-2008, 2010, 2012
11. Zack Greinke 3.59 (3.5879) 1,654 461 R 2004-Present
12. Mike Mussina 3.58 (3.5834) 2,813 785 R 1991-2008
13. Roy Halladay 3.58 (3.5760) 2,117 592 R 1998-2013
14. Roy Oswalt 3.56 1,852 520 R 2001-2013
14. James Shields 3.56 1,592 447 R 2006-Present
16. Johan Santana 3.51 1,988 567 L 2000-2010, 2012
17. David Price 3.48 1,100 316 L 2008-Present
18. Ricky Nolasco 3.45 1,163 337 R 2006-Present
19. Felix Hernandez 3.41 1,907 560 R 2005-Present
20. Max Scherzer 3.40 1,278 376 R 2008-Present

 

Pete Rose, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and the Top 20 Players with the Most Singles in Baseball History

Two Of The Greatest Singles Hitters Of All Time, Derek Jeter And Ichiro Suzuki, Have Nearly 5,000 Singles Between Them, But Pete Rose Stands Alone At The Top

Two Of The Greatest Singles Hitters Of All Time, Derek Jeter And Ichiro Suzuki, Have Nearly 5,000 Singles Between Them, But Pete Rose Stands Alone At The Top

Probably – and I haven’t gone through everybody’s numbers – most players’ hits, the highest percentage, are singles.

They’re just the easiest to create.

But within that 60%-90% or so range are enough differences to “single” out those hitters who were primarily singles hitters and those who collected doubles and home runs (and much more rarely, triples) more often than the others.

Take a look at the top 20 players with the most singles ever, below. In many ways, this list mimics the all-time hits leaders list, if not always in order, at least in terms of the players themselves.

Pete Rose, man with the most hits, also has the most singles – and just over 75 percent of the bunch. He and Ty Cobb have over 3,000 singles alone (never mind total hits).

Derek Jeter rounds out the top five, all of whom have singles percentages in the middle 70’s or higher, give or take.

That’s about middle of the road.

At the high end of scale – the purest singles hitters – you have Wee Willie Keeler  (85.7%) of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and Ichiro Suzuki (81.3%), who’s still active today.

At the other end, you have these three awesome hitters: Hank Aaron (60.8%), Stan Musial (62.1%) and Carl Yastrzemski (66.2%). Definitely not singles hitters.

PLAYER SINGLES TOTAL HITS SINGLES PERCENTAGE BATS
1. Pete Rose 3,215 4,256 75.5% B
2. Ty Cobb 3,053 4,189 72.9% L
3. Eddie Collins 2,643 3,315 79.7% L
4. Cap Anson 2,614 3,435 76.1% R
5. Derek Jeter 2,576 3,439 74.9% R
6. Willie Keeler 2,513 2,932 85.7% L
7. Honus Wagner 2,424 3,430 70.7% R
8. Rod Carew 2,404 3,053 78.7% L
9. Tris Speaker 2,383 3,514 67.8% L
10. Tony Gwynn 2,378 3,141 75.7% L
11. Paul Molitor 2,366 3,319 71.3% R
12. Nap Lajoie 2,341 3,243 72.2% R
13. Hank Aaron 2,294 3,771 60.8% R
14. Ichiro Suzuki 2,289 2,816 81.3% L
15. Jesse Burkett 2,273 2,850 79.8% L
16. Sam Rice 2,271 2,987 76.0% L
17. Omar Vizquel 2,264 2,877 78.7% B
18. Carl Yastrzemski 2,262 3,419 66.2% L
19. Wade Boggs 2,253 3,010 74.9% L
19. Stan Musial 2,253 3,630 62.1% L

Photo: Charlie Neibergall (AP) via espn.com

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