Felix Hernandez's Perfect Game: Ranking MLB's 6 No-Hitters of 2012

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Felix Hernandez's Perfect Game: Ranking MLB's 6 No-Hitters of 2012
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Hernandez celebrates his win.

It’s a miracle.

The sporting rarity that has occurred only a handful of times in recorded history happened again today: A major leaguer has pitched a perfect game.

Today, it was Felix Hernandez, the 26 year-old ace for the struggling Seattle Mariners, who pitched nine perfect innings as his team blanked the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0.

Amazingly enough, Hernandez’s effort marks the third time this year that a pitcher has hurled a perfect game. Only 20 had ever been pitched in over a century of Major League play before this season, and only once before had there ever before been a season that boasted two perfect games.

And now there are three.

Coupled with the three additional no-hitters that already took place this season, 2012 has been quite a red-letter year for pitchers. Thus, in celebration of Hernandez’s record-breaking third perfect game pitched in 2012—which also stands this season one shy of the modern record of seven no-hitters pitched in a single year—we will analyze these top six pitching performances of 2012.

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