Matthew R. Perry

Anibal Sanchez pitches a no-no for the Marlins

In Sports on September 7, 2006 at 4:24 pm

sanchez-no-no.jpgAs the only Florida Marlins fan in the state of Kentucky (if there are others, please let me know), I could not believe it when I woke up this morning to see that the 22-year-old Anibal Sanchez, a Venezuelan making only his 13th start in the major leagues (sporting a 7-2 record with an ERA under 3.00) pitched the first no-hitter in the major leagues since Randy Johnson and his perfect game in May 2004. This really emphasizes one of the great storylines to happen in sports in a good long time.

At the end of May, the low-budget Marlins who had a record 22 rookies on their Opening Day roster had a record of 11-31. With all those rookies, this looked like a rebuilding year. Now, the Marlins (who are getting ready to face the Philadelphia Phillies tonight in Florida) are 70-69 and only 3 games out of the wild card lead. That’s a 59-38 record, one of the best in baseball over that span of time. Their 3.72 team ERA is the best in the major leagues.

Does this blow away the notion that one needs a large payroll a la the New York Yankees to succeed, or do you just need someone who is able to evaluate talent? Obviously, both would be ideal. But what an amazing story. No team in 107 years has ever come back from being 20 games under .500 to claw back to even .500.

It should be a wild ride! Only 23 games left!

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