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List of Milwaukee Brewers no-hitters

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Juan Nieves, the only Brewer to pitch a no-hitter

The Milwaukee Brewers (formerly known as the Seattle Pilots in 1969) are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Formed in 1969, they play in the National League Central division (formerly in the American League Central Division until 1997). Juan Nieves threw the only no-hitter in franchise history on April 15, 1987.[1] A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "when a pitcher (or pitchers) retires each batter on the opposing team during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings".[2] No-hitters of less than nine complete innings were previously recognized by the league as official; however, several rule alterations in 1991 changed the rule to its current form.[3] A no-hitter is rare enough that a Major League Baseball team, the San Diego Padres, has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a] A perfect game, a special subcategory of no-hitter, has yet to be thrown in Brewers history.[4] As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[2]

The umpire is also an integral part of any no-hitter. The task of the umpire in a baseball game is to make any decision "which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out… [the umpire's judgment on such matters] is final."[5] Part of the duties of the umpire making calls at home plate includes defining the strike zone, which "is defined as that area over homeplate (sic) the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap."[5] These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter.[6]

The manager is another integral part of any no-hitter. The tasks of the manager include determining the starting rotation as well as batting order and defensive lineup every game.

List of no-hitters in Brewers history[edit]

 ¶  Indicates a perfect game
 £  Pitcher was left-handed
 *  Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
# Date Pitcher Final score Base-
Opponent Catcher Plate umpire Manager Notes Ref
1 April 15, 1987 Juan Nieves£ 7–0 5 @ Baltimore Orioles Bill Schroeder Jim Evans Tom Trebelhorn
  • First and only no-hitter in franchise history
  • First and only Brewers no-hitter on the road
  • First and only left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history

See also[edit]

  • List of Major League Baseball no-hitters


  • a The only team without a no-hitter in franchise history is the San Diego Padres.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "MLB Miscellany: Rules, regulations and statistics". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  3. Kurkjian, Tim (June 29, 2008). "No-hit win makes no sense, except in baseball". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  4. "Milwaukee Brewers". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Umpires: Rules of Interest". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  6. Bronson, Eric. Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box, Pgs 98–99. ISBN 0-8126-9556-9. Retrieved February 11, 2011. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. "April 15, 1987 Milwaukee Brewers at Baltimore Orioles Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011.

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