This blog is taking a political break to discuss Americas favorite pastime, Baseball.
On May 9th 2010 Oakland Athletics pitcher, Dallas Braden, thew a perfect game in their 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kudos to you Dallas for this extraordinary performance.
Coincidently, I’ve been thinking of baseball’s perfect game definition of late. So, what makes a game perfect? Let me just say that I believe baseball to be a perfect, well nearly perfect, game already but I’ll get to that a bit later.
A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches base. Thus, the pitcher (or pitchers) cannot allow any hits, walks, hit batsmen, or any opposing player to reach base safely for any other reason—in short, “27 up, 27 down”. The feat has been achieved only 20 times in the history of major league baseball—18 times since the modern era began in 1900.
Every modern era major league perfect game has been thrown by a single pitcher.
By stating that a game was perfect it implies that there was no margin for improvement.
In my noodling of the perfect baseball game, pre Dallas Braden’s outstanding performance, I did come up with a definition and example of the ultimate perfect game. A truly perfect game is a 1-0, 54 pitch game. A double perfect game until the 54th pitch is hit for a walk-off home run by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Now those are game statistics that cannot be improved upon! A perfect game and it will never happen but Major League Baseball can be improved by eliminating the designated hitter rule in the American League thereby bringing a nearly perfect game closer to perfection.