The Courtroom: Francisco Liriano Throws the Year’s First No-Hitter (A Brief Thought on Instant Replay)

Francisco Liriano throws the year's first no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on 05/03/2011

It wasn’t pretty but Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano threw the year’s first no-hitter.  Against the Chicago White Sox on a cold night at U.S. Cellular Field, Liriano tossed the seventh no-hitter in Twins franchise history. As I stated, it wasn’t pretty: he threw 123 pitches with only 66 pitches going for strikes. He walked 6 and only struck out 2. It was probably the least impressive in recent memory. Using the Bill James Game Score method, he scored an 83, lower than the 85 that Edwin Jackson scored last year (when he walked eight and fanned six) and A.J. Burnett’s 85 in 2001 (nine walks, seven strikeouts). However, he still kept the hit column at 0 and got the win, something he desperately needed for his confidence; heading into the game, Liriano was 1-4 with a 9.13.

Anyways there’s something that happened during the no-hitter that really caught my attention: in the 8th inning with one out, Chicago’s Gordon Beckham hit into a 5-4-3 double play. Apparently, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau tagged him on the shoulder to end the inning. But replays clearly showed that Morneau in fact missed the tag. Now for those of you who know baseball, the no-hitter would have been preserved even if he was ruled safe since it would have been a fielder’s choice. But, the bigger question is why we still don’t have replay for moar facets of the game?

If you remember, then Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga threw what should have been the 21st perfect game in MLB history. However, an incorrect call at first base on the last out of the game cost him.  If replay had been part of the game, Galarraga would be in the history books (on a side note I still consider it a perfect game).  The sooner Bud Selig steps out of the Stone Age and implements replay for moar areas of the game (fair/foul, bang-bang calls at first base, third base, and home plate), the sooner we can stop raging on blown calls.  Until next time people…

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