5) Randy Johnson: June 2, 1990, 8 K, 6 BB
Jul 26, 2015; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame Inductee Randy Johnson looks on after being introduced into the Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies at Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Hall of Famer Randy Johnson threw the first no-hitter in Seattle Mariners history a couple of months into the 1990 season, which was his first full season with the M’s. It was the year before his breakthrough as an all-world strikeout machine, but he did finish the season with a 3.65 ERA. The Big Unit’s first full year with the Mariners was a successful one, and a bit historic.
Back then Randy had one big flaw – he walked the world, and indeed, that was the defining characteristic of this no-hitter. Six walks! Johnson’s base on balls problems were really only just beginning, as his BB/9 would balloon all the way to 6.79 by the end of the 1991 season. But no matter – he just couldn’t be hit, and so the Tigers batters had no choice but to either take their walk or walk back to the dugout. Which they did, 27 times.
This was a fine Tigers team, but the sheer quantity of baserunners puts this one in fifth place on the list. I’m also choosing to not give any extra-credit for the first-ness of the performance, nor the career that RJ would go on to enjoy. As far as the game itself is concerned, it was an impressive one. But the other four were more impressive, so this one gets to be fifth.
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