We’re a few short days away from 2016 so it’s a good time to look back at the top 25 baseball stories of 2015. Some of them took place on the field, some of them off the field and some of them were creatures of social media, fan chatter and the like. No matter where the story broke, however, these were the stories baseball fans were talking about most this past year.
On October 3 — the second to last game of the year — Nationals starter Max Scherzer became just the fifth player in major league history to throw two no-hitters in the same season. In so doing he joined Johnny Vander Meer, Allie Reynolds, Virgil Trucks and Nolan Ryan. It was the first time it had been done since Ryan did it in 1973.
On that day Scherzer struck out 17 Mets batters over his nine hitless innings. The only thing which kept him from a perfect game was a Yunel Escobar throwing error in the bottom of the sixth, allowing Kevin Plawecki to reach base.
Back on June 20, Scherzer’s first no-hitter of the year came against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That game was also almost a perfecto, with Scherzer’s only hiccup coming when he hit Jose Tabata with a pitch with only one out to go. He shook that off, however, and got Josh Harrison to fly out to end the game. There he threw 105 pitches, 80 for strikes. He recorded 10 strikeouts.
Scherzer’s first season in Washington following his signing of a $210 million contract was fantastic, even if the Nationals’ year was disappointing overall. The Nats ace went 14-12 with a 2.79 ERA and struck out 276 batters against only 34 walks in 228.2 innings pitched. He led the National League in starts (33) batters faced (899), complete games (4) and shutouts (3).
Oh, and he led the league in no-hitters too.