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What is the criteria for a perfect game?

Postby Rin04 » Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:03 pm

I was just wondering if it would still count as a perfect game if some one had an error. Does anyone know?

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Postby KPucks » Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:04 pm

Nope. 27 up, 27 down. Nothing else is a perfect game.
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Postby Rin04 » Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:05 pm

Ok thanks. Its just that my friend claims that if there was an error there could still be a perfect game.
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Postby thetongueofire » Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:08 pm

Rin04 wrote:Ok thanks. Its just that my friend claims that if there was an error there could still be a perfect game.


tell him he's wrong B-) ... its only a perfect game if no one gets on base at all by any means...
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:10 pm

The exception to the rule is an error that does not allow a baserunner such as a misplayed foul ball. In this case it would still be a perfect game.
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Postby jpbusta » Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:11 pm

KPucks wrote:Nope. 27 up, 27 down. Nothing else is a perfect game.


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Postby LBJackal » Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:44 pm

I heard from somebody a while ago that if an error is commited, the game isn't considered "perfect" even if no batters reach base. ie: a dropped fly ball in which the player is thrown out at first if he doesn't run fast. I don't even know if that's considered an error though............I was skeptical when I heard it but thought I'd mention it. It sounds like a stupid rule, but ya never know.
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Postby KPucks » Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:53 pm

It makes sense to me that it would be a perfect game if somebody dropped a foul ball b/c the batter still didn't reach place, keeping the 27 up, 27 down intact.
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Postby Tavish » Mon Jun 07, 2004 12:42 am

I don't think a game with *any* errors classifies as a perfect game. I couldn't find any references to a 27 up 27 down game with a foul ball error so I'm not sure if it has ever happened. It would suck to lose a perfect game on an error like that, but perfection is supposed to be hard to obtain.
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Postby Urge » Mon Jun 07, 2004 2:41 am

Author Paul Dickson in The New Baseball Dictionary (1999) describes it with, "A no-hitter in which no opposing player reaches first base, either by a base hit, base on balls, hit batter, or fielding error; i.e., the pitcher or pitchers retire all 27 opposing batters in order."
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