Monday, May 19, 2008

Wait, he did what?

Unless you've been a hole, you've probably heard that Jon Lester threw a no-hitter tonight against the Royals.  As part of their coverage of this feat, ESPN posted a list of all the no-hitters in MLB history.  So I was perusing the list when something jumped out at me.  In 1991, there was the combined no-hitter for the Braves by Kent Mercker, Alejandro Pena and Mark Wohlers.  This is a memory that is etched into my mind and will never forget it.  So I keep looking at the list and I see in 1994 Kent Mercker threw another one for the Braves.  Wait...what?  It seems that the fact that Mercker tossed a no-hitter against the Dodgers went by the wayside when The Strike happened that year.  Kent Mercker might be the most unlikely player to have multiple no-hit credits to his name.  Him or Bobby Witt.  But the thing is, Kent is still playing.  He's on the 15-day DL right now for the Reds, but he's still playing.  Kent hasn't reached the level of performance he had when he was with the Braves, but he's been pitching well in recent years.  In fact, he was out of baseball in 2007, but got a spring training invite from the Reds.  He went to the minors, but was called up to the big club.  Hopefully, he can get off the DL and have some quality relief for the Reds, because I've always liked Kent.  Except when he blew games for the Braves. 

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