Casey Mize turns 22 tomorrow, but he’s already thrown a no-hitter. Or rather, make that two. Last night Mize made his double-A debut with the Erie SeaWolves, pitching a no-hitter. He pitched his first no-hitter last year as a junior at Auburn University.
It was the second no-hitter in a week for the SeaWolves.
On April 24, Alex Faedo pitched seven no-hit innings and Drew Carlton pitched two no-hit innings against the Bowie Baysox. (Check out the final out below.) Then, yesterday, Mize pitched all nine innings against the Altoona Curve, striking out seven and walking one batter.
What’s even more amazing is that Mize only signed with the Tigers last June and started this year with the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He made four starts with Lakeland before being promoted to Erie, making his debut with Erie last night.
Congratulations, SeaWolves, and happy birthday, Casey!
🚨 NO. 1 NO-NO! 🚨
One week after #Tigers 2017 first-round #MLBDraft pick Alex Faedo led the @erie_seawolves to their 3rd-ever no-hitter, Casey Mize — the #Tigers' No. 1 overall pick in last year's Draft — fires a no-hitter in his Double-A debut.
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., in 2018. Photo by Tricia Hall (courtesy of Wikipedia)
Congrats to Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., on his promotion to the Toronto Blue Jays! Vlad Jr. made his Major League debut of Friday, April 26, 2019, against the Oakland A’s.
So how did he do? We’ll, besides getting a standing ovation or two, he went 1-for-4, hitting a double in the bottom of the ninth. But the Blue Jays won the game and Vladdy has arrived, so that’s all that matters.
In fact, on Wednesday, Twitter was all excited with the announcement that Vlad Jr. was being promoted to the big leagues:
Tonight’s the night @vladdyjr27! Canadians across the country will be watching your first major league swings for the @BlueJays. Your dad inspired so many Canadians, and your passion, work ethic & love for the game make all of us proud. Good luck tonight! #LetsGoBlueJayshttps://t.co/3dTaoaH0gI
Josh Willingham with the Washington Nationals in 2009 (photo by Adam Fagen, courtesy of Wikipedia)
On Tuesday we commemorated the 20th anniversary of the game in which Fernando Tatis, Sr., hit two grand slams in one inning – which is pretty monumental. But how many players have even hit two in one game?
Only thirteen – and the last time it was done was ten years ago when Josh Willingham hit a grand slam in both the 5th and 6th innings for the Nationals. Perhaps more importantly (at least if you’re an O’s fan), how many Orioles have hit two grand slams in one game? Three: Jim Gentile in 1961, Frank Robinson in 1970, and Chris Hoiles in 1998. Thanks to the Baseball Almanac, the complete list appears below.
Tony Taylor with the Florida Marlins in 2001 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Do you remember that time in 2000 when some MLB players were protesting and didn’t show up for a game? The majority of those involved were on the then-named Florida Marlins: Alex Fernandez, Vladimir Nunez, Michael Tejera, and Mike Lowell. In fact, Marlins management gave permission to any employees who wanted to miss the game on April 25, 2000. Also protesting were three Marlins coaches – Fredi Gonzalez, Tony Taylor, and Luis Perez – as well as assistant to the GM, Tony Perez. Players on other teams joined the protest as well: Jose Canseco, Rey Ordonez, and Cookie Rojas.
What were they protesting? A federal court ruling that 5-year old Elian Gonzalez had to be removed from his Miami relatives’ home and returned to his father in Cuba. The Marlins’ protest was part of a larger protest by Cuban residents of Miami and other cities around the country.
In 2015, ABC News interviewed Elian Gonzalez, who said he would like to visit his family in Miami some day. He also said he’d like to see a baseball game and visit museums in Washington. Come visit any time, Elian.
By the way, the Marlins lost that game to the San Francisco Giants. That year they finished 3rd in the NL East with a record of 79-82.