List of Minnesota Twins no-hitters

The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the American League Central division. Also known in their early years as the "Washington Senators" (1901–60) based in Washington, D.C.,[1] pitchers for the Twins have thrown seven no-hitters in franchise history.[2] A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings", though one or more batters "may reach base via a walk, an error, a hit by pitch, a passed ball or wild pitch on strike three, or catcher's interference".[3] No-hitters of less than nine complete innings were previously recognized by the league as official; however, several rule alterations in 1991 changed the rule to its current form.[4] A no-hitter is rare enough that one team in Major League Baseball has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a] A perfect game, a special subcategory of no-hitter, has yet to be thrown in Twins history.[5] As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[3]

Walter Johnson threw the first no-hitter in Senators/Twins history on July 1, 1920; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by Francisco Liriano on May 3, 2011.[5] Four left-handed pitchers have thrown no-hitters in franchise history while three were by right-handers. The longest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Bobby Burke and Jack Kralick, encompassing 31 years and 8 days from August 8, 1931 to August 26, 1962. Conversely, the shortest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Kralick and Dean Chance, encompassing 4 years and 364 days from August 26, 1962 to August 25, 1967.[5] They no-hit the Boston Red Sox the most, which occurred twice, which were no-hit by Johnson in 1920 and Burke in 1931. There is one no-hitter in which the team allowed at least a run, thrown by Chance in 1967. The most baserunners allowed in a no-hitter were by Chance (in 1967) and Liriano (in 2011), who each allowed six. Four no-hitters were thrown at home, and three were thrown on the road. They threw one in April, one in May, one in July, three in August, and one in September. Of the seven no-hitters, three have been won by a score of 1–0, more common than any other results. The largest margin of victory in a no-hitter was a 7–0 win by Eric Milton in 1999. The smallest margin of victory in a Twins no-hitter came in 1–0 wins – by Johnson in 1920, Kralick in 1962, and Liriano in 2011 – and a 2–1 win by Chance in 1967.

The umpire is also an integral part of any no-hitter. The task of the umpire in a baseball game is to make any decision "which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out… [the umpire's judgment on such matters] is final."[6] Part of the duties of the umpire making calls at home plate includes defining the strike zone, which "is defined as that area over homeplate (sic) the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap."[6] These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter.[7] A different umpire presided over each of the franchise's seven no-hitters.

List of no-hitters in Senators/Twins history

 ¶  Indicates a perfect game
 £  Pitcher was left-handed
 *  Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
# Date Pitcher Final score Base-
runners
Opponent Catcher Plate umpire Notes Ref
1 July 1, 1920 Walter Johnson* 1–0 1 @ Boston Red Sox Val Picinich Ollie Chill
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First no-hitter on the road in franchise history
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter(tie)
  • Only baserunner came on 2B Bucky Harris' error leading off the 7th
[8]
2 August 8, 1931 Bobby Burke£ 5–0 5 Boston Red Sox Roy Spencer George Moriarty
  • First no-hitter at home in franchise history
  • First left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • Last no-hitter as the Washington Senators
[9]
3 August 26, 1962 Jack Kralick£ 1–0 1 Kansas City Athletics Earl Battey Jim Honochick
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • Only baserunner was a walk in the 9th with one out
  • Longest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
  • First no-hitter since moving to Minnesota
[10]
4 August 25, 1967 Dean Chance 2–1 6 @ Cleveland Indians Jerry Zimmerman Larry Napp
  • Second game of a doubleheader
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • Shortest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
  • Most baserunners allowed in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • First and only franchise's no-hitter while allowing a run
[11]
5 April 27, 1994 Scott Erickson 6–0 4 Milwaukee Brewers Matt Walbeck Dale Scott
  • Earliest calendar date of franchise's no-hitter
[12]
6 September 11, 1999 Eric Milton£ 7–0 2 Anaheim Angels Terry Steinbach Tim Welke
  • Largest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter
  • Latest calendar date of franchise's no-hitter
[13]
7 May 3, 2011 Francisco Liriano£ 1–0 6 Chicago White Sox Drew Butera Bruce Dreckman
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • Most baserunners allowed in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
[14]

See also

Footnotes

References

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  2. ^ "Minnesota Twins Franchise History". ESPN. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "MLB Miscellany: Rules, regulations and statistics". MLB.com. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (June 29, 2008). "No-hit win makes no sense, except in baseball". ESPN. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Minnesota Twins". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Umpires: Rules of Interest". MLB.com. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  7. ^ Bronson, Eric. Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box, Pgs 98–99. ISBN 0-8126-9556-9. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  8. ^ "July 1, 1920 Washington Senators at Boston Red Sox Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  9. ^ "August 8, 1931 Boston Red Sox at Washington Senators Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  10. ^ "August 26, 1962 Kansas City Athletics at Minnesota Twins Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  11. ^ "August 25, 1967 Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  12. ^ "April 27, 1994 Milwaukee Brewers at Minnesota Twins Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  13. ^ "September 11, 1999 Anaheim Angels at Minnesota Twins Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  14. ^ "May 3, 2011 Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  15. ^ "No Hitters Chronologically". Retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
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