Watching six Seattle Mariners pitchers combine to hold the Los Angeles Dodgers to no hits and three walks on Friday night, I was reminded of the late 1990s, when we would see hitters make the most impossible things look elementary.
Like the offensive era—or steroid era, if that's what you prefer to call it—that baseball is clearly past, the new pitching era has taken something away from the allure of seeing a no-hitter. In the '90s, home runs were so commonplace, it was a shock if you didn't see at least one in a game.
In today's game, we are teased by the threat of a no-hitter on a nightly basis. Every time you turn the television to watch baseball, odds are good you are going to see a cut-in to show some pitcher going for a no-hitter.