Jobu Needs A Refill
- Feb 21, 2020
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Sad to see a local kid fall apart like that
|: ⚾️ 10 years without perfection|
Data: Baseball Almanac and MLB; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios
Félix Hernández threw MLB's 23rd perfect game 10 years ago this month. There hasn't been another one since, Axios' Jeff Tracy writes.
Why it matters: The active 10-season drought is the longest in over four decades (1968–81), and strangely comes on the heels of a historic surge, with six perfectos in four years and a record three in 2012 alone.
"Even if you have a lot of strikeouts — like 10, 11, 12 in a game is a lot — that still means that you have about 15 outs in the field that need to get hit right to a guy. And you've got to do it without walking or hitting anyone or having an error happen. ... More than anything, it's almost a team accomplishment."
The big picture: As long as this perfect game drought has felt, it's only the fourth-longest of the modern era (since 1901).
Go deeper: The 23 perfect games (MLB)