It was almost a fitting karmic end to the Toronto Blue Jays miserable season.
Former Blue Jays pitcher Henderson Alvarez threw a no-hitter for the Miami Marlins against the Detroit Tigers today to become the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
September 29th, 2013: Henderson Alvarez throws the fifth no-hitter in #Marlins history!
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 29, 2013
It was a very strange ending to the game as the Marlins scored on a wild pitch with the score tied 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with the win and secure the no-hitter. The young righty was standing in the on-deck circle when the walk-off occurred.
Alvarez, 23, was a part of the Blue Jays-Marlins blockbuster trade that brought Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto. In 93.2 innings this year (not including today’s contest) he pitched to a 3.94 ERA and 1.238 WHIP. He improved his SO/BB ratio from 1.46 last year to 2.04 in Miami.
I didn’t actually watch today’s masterpiece so I’m going to mail the rest of this post in with some reaction from Twitter. I’m going to miss baseball this winter.
Fitting coda to the 2013 season: Henderson Alvarez, dealt from Toronto to Miami in the blockbuster, throws a no-hitter.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 29, 2013
— MLB (@MLB) September 29, 2013
Henderson Alvarez is 1st pitcher to throw no-hitter in team's final game of season since Mike Witt against Rangers in 1984
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 29, 2013
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) September 29, 2013
— Heidi Watney (@HeidiWatney) September 29, 2013
Alvarez celebrating no-hitter w/helmet, 2 batting gloves. Baseball, people.
— Batting Stance Guy (@BattingStanceG) September 29, 2013