What they're saying about Edwin Jackson's no-hitter

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Some assorted reaction and befuddlement to Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night.

  • Jon Paul Morosi: “I’ll admit that the final tally — 149 pitches, eight walks — looks a
    little absurd. But 2010 is the “Year of the 0.” We witnessed three perfect games
    (unofficially) in less than one month. A no-hitter? Routine.”
  • A.J. Hinch: “You do want to make smart decisions, but you do have a chance at
    history and you don’t want to take it away from him. And that’s for everybody involved, from the team, to the fans, to
    anybody that was included in this game. It was the most bizarre
    no-hitters you’ll ever be around.”
  • Joe Maddon: “He throws 68 pitches after just three innings and settles in and
    pitches like he did? You’ve got to give him a lot of
    credit. He’s a horse and a great athlete. He’s a great kid and he
    deserved to do that tonight. Hats off to him; he’s a wonderful man.”
  • Edwin Jackson: “After the fifth, I looked up there, and I was like,
    ‘Wow, after all
    this, there’s still no hits?”
  • Mel Stottlemeyer: “I was kind of kidding that he was an error and eight walks away from
    having a perfect game.”
  • Eric Stangel: “Edwin Jackson throws no-no. There are now more
    pitchers who have thrown a no hitter this season than those who haven’t
    .”
  • Joe Lemire: “Thus, the smart move for the Diamondbacks, who are already 14.5 games
    out of first place and would need a miracle to contend for the playoffs
    this season, would be to give Jackson a few extra days before his next
    outing or skip that next start altogether.”
  • Edwin Jackson: “If he wants to skip me (in the rotation), that’s fine. If he just wants to give
    me a day off, that’s fine, too.”
  • Rob Neyer: “For baseball, it means another chance to trumpet the effectiveness of
    its drug policy. Hitting isn’t down nearly as much this season as you
    might think (or as you’ve been told) … but it’s down some, and last
    year it was down from the year before. We’ve seen four no-hitters
    already this season and while we might not see another, this does seem
    to be a new era, an era in which pitchers will somewhat regularly do
    incredible things. Even pitchers like Dallas Braden and Jackson.”

It’s the tenth anniversary of the biggest rout in baseball history

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Ten years ago today the Rangers and the Orioles squared off at Camden Yards. The Orioles built a 3-0 lead after three innings and then all hell broke loose.

The Rangers scored thirty (30!) unanswered runs via a five-spot in the fourth, a nine-spot in the sixth, a ten-spot in the eighth and a six-spot in the ninth. That was . . . a lot of spots.

Two Rangers players — Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez — hit two homers and drove in seven runs a piece. The best part: they were the eighth and ninth hitters in the lineup. There was plenty of offense to go around, however as David Murphy went 5-for-7 and scored five times. Travis Metcalf hit a pinch-hit grand slam. Marlon Byrd drove in four. It was a bloodbath, with Texas rattling out 29 hits and walking eight times.

On the Orioles side of things, Daniel Cabrera took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits in five innings. That’s not a terribly unusual line for a bad day at the office for a pitcher — someone will probably get beat up like that in the next week or so — but the Orioles’ relievers really added to the party. Brian Burres was the first victim, allowing eight runs on eight hits in only two-thirds of an inning. Rob Bell gave up seven in an inning and a third. Paul Shuey wore the rest of it, allowing nine runs on seven hits over the final two.

The best part of the insanely busy box score, however, was not from any of the Orioles pitchers or any of the Rangers hitters. Nope, it was from a Rangers relief pitcher named Wes Littleton. You probably don’t remember him, as he only pitched in 80 games and never appeared in the big leagues after 2008. But on this day — the day of the biggest blowout in baseball history — Wes Littleton notched a save. From Baseball-Reference.com:

Three innings and 43 pitches is a lot of work for a reliever and, per the rules, it’s a save, regardless of the margin when he entered the game. Still, this was not exactly a game that was ever in jeopardy.

When it went down, way back on August 22, 2007, it inspired me to write a post at my old, defunct independent baseball blog, Shysterball, arguing about how to change the save rule. Read it if you want, but know that (1) no one has ever paid attention to such proposals in baseball, even if such proposals are frequently offered; and (2) the hypothetical examples I use to illustrate the point involve an effective Joba Chamberlain and Joe Torre’s said use of him, which tells you just how long ago this really was.

Oh, one final bit: this massacre — the kind of game that the Orioles likely wanted to leave, go back home and go to sleep afterward — was only the first game of a doubleheader. Yep, they had to strap it on and play again, with the game starting at 9PM Eastern time. Baltimore lost that one too, 9-7, concluding what must have been one of the longest days any of the players involved had ever had at the office, both figuratively and literally.

Hall of Fame baseball announcer Rafael ‘Felo’ Ramirez dies

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MIAMI (AP) Rafael “Felo” Ramirez, a Hall of Fame baseball radio broadcaster who was the signature voice for millions of Spanish-speaking sports fans over three decades, has died. He was 94.

The Miami Marlins announced Ramirez’ death Tuesday.

Ramirez, who died Monday night, began his broadcasting career in Cuba in 1945 before calling 31 All-Star games and World Series in Spanish. He was the Marlins Spanish-language announcer since their inaugural season in 1993 and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

He was known for an expressive, yet low-key style and his signature strike call of “Essstrike.”

Several Spanish-language broadcasters, including Amury Pi-Gonzanez of the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants, have admitted to emulating his style.