Tagged: Perfect Game

The Dave Roberts Era

So if there was any question, Dave Roberts not only has put his imprint on this organization but is making it clear that this is an era where on-field management is a conduit for the front office yet still can have a major and positive impact (as opposed to being a puppet).

Removing Rich Hill yesterday during a perfect game, based on the fact that he was starting to have a little bit of “heat” on the blister finger (causing him to miss three of his last six scheduled starts), the move is objectively understandable. I would be extremely agitated if I was Rich Hill – or, frankly, any other Dodger – but the team won the ballgame and Roberts made the right move.

Roberts earnestly & honestly addressed his decision after the game (“I’m going to lose sleep” “I’ve never had a win feel like a loss”). He is clearly a team-oriented manager that understands what it’s like to be in those players’ cleats, and again, what he is done with such an undermanned, chronically injured, oddly constituted team this year has been nothing short of remarkable.

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Image: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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Jim Wolf Calls Perfect Game

Kudos to Jim Wolf, brother of former Dodger Randy, on calling Dallas Braden’s perfect game yesterday. There were no controversial calls, and the authority & poise shown by Wolf – especially in the ninth inning on a couple of borderline pitches – was to be commended. Like his brother, Wolf hails from El Camino Real HS in West Hills, CA.

http://www.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20090701&t=2&i=10699922&w=450&r=2009-07-01T021309Z_01_MKE07_RTRIDSP_0_BASEBALL

Also, here’s a list of Perfect Games broken down by AL/NL from the awesome Baseball-Almanac:

Perfect Games American League

Official Perfect Games

Pitcher (Age) Date / Box Score Match-Up Attendance Time
Cy Young (37) 05-05-1904 Boston 3 vs Philadelphia 0 10,267 1:23
Addie Joss (28) 10-02-1908 Cleveland 1 vs Chicago 0 10,598 1:29
Charlie Robertson (26) 04-30-1922 Chicago 2 at Detroit 0 25,000 1:55
Don Larsen (27) 10-08-1956 New York 2 vs Brooklyn 0 64,519 2:06
Catfish Hunter (22) 05-08-1968 Oakland 4 vs Minnesota 0 6,298 2:28
Len Barker (25) 05-15-1981 Cleveland 3 vs Toronto 0 7,290 2:09
Mike Witt (24) 09-30-1984 California 1 at Texas 0 8,375 1:49
Kenny Rogers (29) 07-28-1994 Texas 4 vs California 0 45,581 2:08
David Wells (34) 05-17-1998 New York 4 vs Minnesota 0 49,820 2:40
David Cone (36) 07-18-1999 New York 6 vs Montreal 0 41,930 2:16
Mark Buehrle (30) 07-23-2009 Chicago 5 vs Tampa Bay 0 28,036 2:03
Dallas Braden (26) 05-09-2010 Oakland 4 vs Tampa Bay 0 12,228 2:07
Pitcher (Age) Date / Box Score Match-Up Attendance Time
Perfect Games National League

Official Perfect Games

Pitcher (Age) Date / Box Score Match-Up Attendance Time
Lee Richmond (23) 06-12-1880 Worcester 1 vs Cleveland 0 uk 1:26
John Ward (20) 06-17-1880 Providence 5 vs Buffalo 0 uk uk
Jim Bunning (32) 06-21-1964 Philadelphia 6 at New York 0 32,026 2:19
Sandy Koufax (29) 09-09-1965 Los Angeles 1 vs Chicago 0 29,139 1:43
Tom Browning (28) 09-16-1988 Cincinnati 1 vs Los Angeles 0 16,591 1:51
Dennis Martinez (36) 07-28-1991 Montreal 2 at Los Angeles 0 45,560 2:14
Randy Johnson (40) 05-18-2004 Arizona 2 at Atlanta 0 23,381 2:13
Pitcher (Age) Date / Box Score Match-Up Attendance Time
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