The perfect game club has been one of Baseball’s most exclusive clubs. Since Cy Young threw the first modern-day perfect game in 1905, only 17 other men have done the same.
Fresh off Mark Buehrle’s perfect game in 2009, Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay upped the ante in 2010. Braden joined the club May 9 , 2010, against the Tampa Bay Rays, while Halladay perfected a near-perfect season 20 days later against the Florida Marlins.
The feat marked the first time two perfect games were thrown in the same year, let alone the same month. It appeared that the list was going to have its third member in 2010, but THREE days later, Armando Galarraga’s bid with perfection was cut short after Jim Joyce blew the game-winning call.
With a new season ahead of us, it is time to look at 10 guys who could join one of baseball’s most heralded lists. I’m not going to count Roy Halladay out from repeating after he followed up his perfect game with a no-hitter in the playoffs, but this list will focus on guys who have both won no-hitters or have come close in the past.
Throwing a no-hitter takes a lot of luck and a bit of skill, and Armando Galarraga showed that you do not have to lead the league in hits and walks allowed to come close, but it sure does make it a lot easier.