4) Chris Bosio: April 22, 1993, 4 K, 2 BB
Feb 24, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio (25) poses for a photo at Cubs Spring Training complex. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Bosio was an underrated pitcher in his day and remains a relative unknown despite a largely successful eleven-year career in the majors. From 1988 to 1993 he never had an ERA higher than 4.00 (or an FIP higher than 4.06, for that matter). He retired with 27.6 career WAR over 1710.0 innings pitched. And, of course, he threw a no-hitter.
After starting his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Bosio came to Seattle before the 1993 season and got off to a tear. After a few successful starts to open the season, Bosio faced the Boston Red Sox in the Kingdome. He ended up making history.
You like no-no’s with flashy defense? This one ended in famously dramatic fashion, with shortstop Omar Vizquel stabbing a high chopper out of the sky with his bare hand for the final out of the ninth inning. It was only the second Mariners no-hitter ever at the time, and it stayed that way for years.
Why is Bosio fourth on this list? He didn’t really overpower, for one, as his low strikeout total shows. Also considered is the fact that the Mariners won 7-0 against a Red Sox team that was utterly punchless beyond Mo Vaughn and Andre Dawson. It was an awesome game – there were just three slight more-awesomer ones, is all.
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