Buehrle Throws a Perfect Game

Yesterday, White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game, the first since Randy Johnson threw one in 2004.  This is Buehrle’s second no-hitter in his career and coincidentally the same umpire, Eric Cooper, was behind the plate in each game.

Buehrle would have lost his perfect game, no-hitter, and shut out in the ninth inning when Gabe Kapler led off the inning with a long fly ball that center fielder DeWayne Wise jumped up and snagged the would-be home run.  If you haven’t seen the clip, make sure to do so this was the catch of the year, especially with the historical implications.

So aside from the Yanks going back-to-back in 1998 and 1999 with David Wells and David Cone, perfect games have been occuring once every 4-5 years with quite regularity.  Prior to Wells in 98, there was Kenny Rogers in 1994 and then the perfect game frequency shifts down to three years.  Dennis Martinez threw one in 1991 and Tom Browning in 1988.

So here’s the question, when will the next perfect game be thrown? 4 years? 6 years? There was a 13 year gap between Catfish Hunter’s in 1968 and Len Barker’s in 1981.  Will it be that long?

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