The Best: They were unchanged — and looking good — from 1960 through 1971 before moving on to the land of the double knits. Which still didn’t look horrible, although they were a bit generic. The best look was that classic look, which is nicely reproduced in the new home alternates. I like the new roadies better than the actual classics, though, thanks to the “Minnesota” on them as opposed to “Twins.”
The Worst: The World Series years pinstripes with the M on the hats. I know they have their fans — especially any Twins backer under the age of 40 or so — but this is a personal, visceral thing for me. Men wearing those things knocked Alan Trammell and the Tigers out of the 1987 playoffs. Men wearing those things picked up and threw the 1991 Braves out of the World Series. Seeing them causes me pain, and that’s without accounting for the fact that pinstripes on gray uniforms look terrible and that no team has ever in its history eschewed an epic logo like those 80s and 90s Twins teams eschewed the interlocking “TC.” That “M” cap they had for so long would be like the Yankees getting rid of their “NY” for a big block N.
Assessment: The Twins are living proof that the uniform a team wears during its greatest success is not necessarily its best uniform.
Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.
Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.
Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.
Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.