On June 25th, 2-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants tossed the second no-hitter of his career, which became the third no-hitter so far in the 2014 season. Lincecum did it facing the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park in San Francisco, throwing a complete game, 4-0 shutout.
What is interesting about Lincecum’s no-hitter is that he did the same thing last year on July 13, 2013, also against the Padres, and performed that feat at Petco Park in San Diego! You think it’s safe to say the Padres hate Lincecum?
The other two pitchers who have thrown no-hitters this season were Clayton Kershaw just a week before Lincecum on June 18, 2014 against the Colorado Rockies, and Josh Beckett who tossed a no-no on May 25, 2014 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
It’s doubtful that 2014 will be as amazing as 2012 – the Year of the Pitcher, where seven no-no’s were thrown including an amazing three perfect games, but three so far in 2014 is a good start.
Sit back and relax as I share with you my top 10 list of the best no-hitters of all-time, bearing in mind that any top 10 has to be somewhat subjective, as there have now been a total of 285 no-hitters thrown, with 242 of those thrown in the modern era. Furthermore, every top list I’ve seen generally has different criteria.
I base my own criteria for such a list on a number of factors, such as the offense of the team the pitcher faced, number of strikeouts in the game, walks, and other unusual criteria that just comes from my gut! You may completely disagree with me, or you may wonder why I excluded certain names, but remember that this is my own personal top 10 list, subject to any number of rants and raves, all of which I welcome.
Wonder whether pitchers who have thrown no-hitters in 2014, Lincecum, Kershaw, or Beckett will make the list? You’ll have to read on to find out.