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Philip Humber is perfect. The Mariners are anything but.

Apr 21, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

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While most of the baseball-loving nation was forced to watch another a typical Red Sox-Yankees four-hour marathon, Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in big-league history Saturday in the White Sox’s 4-0 win over the Mariners.

The perfect game is largely the providence of great pitchers, but Humber is certainly more Dallas Braden than Roy Halladay or Randy Johnson. The worst pitcher to throw a perfect game was Charlie Robertson, a right-hander for the White Sox who shut down the Tigers on April 30, 1922. Next on the that list would be Cleveland’s Len Barker, who was perfect against the Jays on May 15, 1981. Humber and Braden could both finish up with significantly better careers than those two, though there’s still plenty of time left for that to be decided.

As for the team Humber shut down, well, yeah, the Mariners are really that bad. Again. They entered the day next-to-last in the AL in scoring, with a .235 average and 11 homers in 15 games. They finished last year last in the majors in runs scored, average, OBP and slugging. The 2012 lineup figured to be improved with Jesus Montero‘s addition and another year of growth from Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager, but it hasn’t materialized yet.

  1. icanspeel - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Regardless how bad the Mariners are they are a MLB team and he didn’t just no hit them, he pitched a perfect game.. no walks, no HBP and a hat tip to the defense, no errors.

  2. Gobias Industries - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Hey, check it out! A parade! Let’s go rain on it!

  3. Kevin Gillman - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    A perfect game is the equivilant of a 300 game in bowling. No matter who the pitcher is, it’s still a signifigant feat, and for that, they should earn respect of anyone. Who cares who the worst pitcher is that ever threw a perfect game? The bottom line is they did something that only has been done 21 times in MLB history. Let’s embrace that, rather than digging into the quality of pitcher Phillip Humber is, please.

  4. Gordon - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Matt, you’re a jackass.

    • spindervish - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      Maybe, but he’s not wrong. Those were some truly garbage at-bats in the 9th.

  5. joenash72 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    As a fan here in Seattle, gotta say Matt is spot-on. While the offense is gonna be better than last season, still a work-in-progress. Friday night, we had Miguel Olivo at DH. Enough said…

    • denny65 - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Have to agree. Putting Olivo in as DH is Eric Wedge’s (so-far) bone-headed move of the season.

      I mean Miggy is not even hitting half his weight.

    • tandem4ever - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Yeah, Seattle is barely a major league team in terms of hitting…they’ve had the worst offense since the early 70’s California Angels for at least 2 years now. Give Humber his due, but also realize that these guys are pitiful..:(

  6. dawglb - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Perfect games, 300s in bowling, hole in ones, etc. these sports aren’t beauty contests. it doesn’t matter how pretty or ugly they are … It is the end result that counts. Congrats! Too bad the guys namer wasn’t Hummer! Would love to see the headlines ….. Perfect Hummer! Or Rare as they may be, this Hummer was Perfect! Or Perfect Hummer witnessed by 28,064 in Seattle!

    • denny65 - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      The official attendance was 22,472. No bobble-heads, either.

    • foreverchipper10 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      I don’t think a perfect game can be compared to a 300 in bowling or a hole-in-one. The latter two are individual achievements. While they are all tremendous accomplishments a perfect game also depends on the defense behind him, unless he K’s all 27 batters.

  7. hojo20 - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Barker’s perfect game was a big thing in 1981. I remember reading something called a “boxscore” in the “daily newspaper” and seeing his the zeroes. In related news, I’m getting old.

  8. DJ MC - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    One of my favorite things about perfect games is the seeming duality of the pitchers who throw them. For the most part, the guys who throw perfect games tend to be either all-time legends (Koufax, Hunter, Halladay, Johnson, even JM Ward) or the most average of pitchers otherwise (Braden, Browning, Robertson, and of course Larson). I would suspect that even the list of no-hitters would tend to bunch around the better pitchers and decreasing as you go through pitchers of lesser quality.

    I’m probably just imagining that, though.

  9. mets79 - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    “The Curse of Nolan Ryan” continues for the Mets as another former Mets player throws a no hitter/perfect game.

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