Picture it, you’re making your MLB debut as a starter (and appearing in only your fourth game ever in the majors). There’s a lot on your mind: not messing up against one of the NL West’s hottest teams in the Padres, proving you have the chops to be a starter, and most importantly just winning the game.
For Tyler Gilbert, he managed all three and something a little extra special as well: he pitched a no-hitter in his first game as a starter. After the initial rush of no-hitters to begin the season, we hadn’t seen one in quite some time. Gilbert decided to make it a unique starting debut, as the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 7-0, and Gilbert left with an unprecedented memory and the season’s eighth no-hitter.
- The Athletic gives us an overview of the no-hitter. (subscription required)
- Tyler Kepner knows we’ve seen plenty of no-nos this year, but emphasizes what’s so special about Gilbert’s.
- Steve Gilbert (no relation) looks at the no-no for MLB dot com.
- Nick Selbe gives us an overview of the event for SI.
- And Tyler’s dad picked a good day to be at the park.
Tyler Gilbert's dad had an amazing reaction to his son's no-hitter. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/11MGrvvLIF— MLB (@MLB) August 15, 2021
- The other big story of the weekend was the Washington Post article that revealed another woman had filed for a protection order against Bauer while he was still with Cleveland. The article contains graphic and upsetting details of messages sent by Bauer, so please proceed with that in mind. Story by By Gus Garcia-Roberts and Molly Hensley-Clancy.
- SI’s Madeline Coleman and Wilton Jackson also covered the new Bauer revelation, as Bauer’s administrative leave was extended once again.
- David Laurila talks to the one and only Don Mattingly about hitting.
- Mic. Players. All. The. Time.
- Tom Verducci reacts to last week’s incredibly cinematic Field of Dreams game.
- Joe Posnanski looks at the baseball stars who weren’t in the game at the Field of Dreams. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Clinton Yates looks at the phenomenal conclusion of the FoD game and Tim Anderson’s walk-off.
- Plenty of teams looked to add to their rosters via free agent acquisitions before the season, but Devan Fink believes the Blue Jays ultimately came out on top.
- Rob Arthur looks at a study that suggests umpires have demonstrated discrimination against non-white players.
- Keith Law assesses which teams have the most improved farm systems in 2021. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- In 2019 a girl was struck by Albert Almora Jr.’s foul ball at an Astros game, and now Andrew Gastelum reports on the settlement reached between the club and the girl.
- What change has Matt Wisler made that changed his whole season? Ben Clemens looks at Wisler’s adjustments.
- Team social media reps do NOT get paid enough.
Sounds like you’re free for a Bats game tonight! https://t.co/pcgIrFKQ5T— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) August 13, 2021
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.