VIDEO: Remembering When Joe Mauer Ruined Anibal Sanchez's No-Hitter in the 9th Inning

David Kaestle
Joe Mauer ended a no-hitter against the Tigers.
Joe Mauer ended a no-hitter against the Tigers. / YouTube: MLB

Throwing a no-hitter or perfect game is pretty much the pinnacle of professional pitching. Merely coming close to accomplishing that feat is impressive by itself.

Most MLB pitchers don't come close at all. While others get a taste of it, coming so close they can almost feel it, just to have it snatched away from them at the last second.

Joe Mauer has ruined a few no-hitters in his day, but the one against Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers had to sting a little bit more for the opposing team.

With one out already down in the 9th inning, Mauer stepped up and hit a liner right over the pitchers head for a base hit, ending Sanchez's chance at immortality.

Mauer is one of the best hitters in league history, especially for a catcher. He was definitely one of the last guys Sanches was hoping to see step into the box during the closing inning. But hey, no one ever said throwing a no-hitter was easy. You still need to find a way to get 27 outs, no matter what.

Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $500!

David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.