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If sabermetricians wanted to have an alternative celebration to no-hitters, I wonder how many 100+ Game Scores there've been over that same time period?
According to BB-Ref there have been 100.
Why pay attention to Machado's recent play? After all, it was only half as valuable as a standard double play.
But doesn't TFE suggest that the walkless analogy would be a game with zero BB and only one baserunner?
That's terrific on 100 different levels. How did you do that?
On the other hand, I believe that there is value in the collective excitement that comes from a no-hitter bid, regardless of the actual “greatness” of a no-hitter. Everyone—the fans, the announcers, the pitcher, the other players—feels like something special is happening (whether or not it’s actually special), and to get caught up in that excitement is not only natural and understandable, but should be encouraged!
EDIT to that last comment: I followed your advice and got as far as the pitching game finder page. But when I entered Game Score >= 100 as my search criteria, I got this error message instead. Any idea what I did wrong?
You (we) can enjoy them all if you want to. I'm just the guy who discoevered the cocoa bean in South America, and would like to share the newfound joy with my European friends, who are having fun with life but maybe they would have even more if they tasted chocolate. But many of my European friends dismiss this new fodd without tasting it, and tell me to keep it in my mother's basement where I belong.
Do you have a pi subscription?
Why not instead educate writers and announcers to keep track of consecutive reached-base-in-game streaks?
As I noted, people can enjoy what they want to enjoy. But I think there is also a normative element to what we celebrate, and it would be a good thing if we moved towards celebrating performances for their impressiveness rather than just for tradition's sake. Not that we should abandon tradition, but what we appreciate and celebrate should evolve as the game, and our understanding of it, evolves.
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