The Miami Marlins are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Miami, Florida. Formed in 1993, they play in the National League East division. Pitchers for the Marlins have thrown 5 no-hitters in franchise history. 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". 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. A no-hitter is rare enough that only one team in Major League Baseball has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a] No perfect games, a special subcategory of no-hitter, have been thrown in Marlins history. As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."
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." 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." These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter.
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 Marlins history
|| Final score
|| Plate umpire
|| May 11, 1996
|| Leiter, AlAl Leiter£
|| Colorado Rockies
|| Johnson, CharlesCharles Johnson (1)
|| Rippley, SteveSteve Rippley
|| Lachemann, ReneRene Lachemann
- First no-hitter in franchise history
- First Marlins no-hitter at home
- Earliest calendar date of Marlins no-hitter
- First and only left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
|| June 10, 1997
|| Brown, KevinKevin Brown
|| @ San Francisco Giants
|| Johnson, CharlesCharles Johnson (2)
|| Davidson, BobBob Davidson
|| Leyland, JimJim Leyland
- First Marlins no-hitter on the road
- First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
- Only baserunner was a hit by pitch with two outs in the 8th
|| May 12, 2001
|| Burnett, A. J.A. J. Burnett
|| @ San Diego Padres
|| Johnson, CharlesCharles Johnson (3)
|| Brinkman, JoeJoe Brinkman
|| Boles, JohnJohn Boles
- 7 strikeouts and 9 walks, most ever in a no hitter
|| September 6, 2006
|| Sánchez, AníbalAníbal Sánchez
|| Arizona Diamondbacks
|| Olivo, MiguelMiguel Olivo
|| Kellogg, JeffJeff Kellogg
|| Girardi, JoeJoe Girardi
- Diamondbacks are most recent team to perform a no-hitter then suffer the following one
- Final no-hitter thrown at Sun Life Stadium (then Dolphin Stadium at the time of no-hitter)
|| September 29, 2013
|| Álvarez, HendersonHenderson Álvarez
|| Detroit Tigers
|| Hill, KoyieKoyie Hill
|| Kulpa, RonRon Kulpa
|| Redmond, MikeMike Redmond
- Final day of regular season
- Most recent Marlins no-hitter
- Latest calendar date of Marlins no-hitter
- Ended on a wild pitch
- First no-hitter thrown at Marlins Park
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