MLB.com has been fairly creative in its quest to find content during the lockout. This has included interesting tidbits about the Oakland A’s, be it their history or prospects.
This has led to some interesting information being brought to the forefront. That continued on Sunday when they looked at which stadiums were the most likely to have a no hitter. Interestingly, the Colesium ranked fifth, having had 11 no hitters in 4311 games.
Oakland A’s have relatively good chance of no hitter at home
The Coliseum has been home to several historic moments amongst those no hitters. Although it had been 21 years between the previous no hitters in franchise history – they failed to have one during their time in Kansas City – Catfish Hunter ended that streak in an emphatic manner with his perfect game in 1968.
That was not the only perfect game at the Coliseum. Dallas Braden had his memorable perfect game on Mother’s Day at home in 2010. His performance was one of three no hitters fired by the A’s at home as Sean Manaea and Mike Fiers followed in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Vida Blue made his presence felt on that list as well. Not only did he have his own no hitter in 1970, but he was also a part of a combined no hitter in 1975. Nolan Ryan fired his sixth career no hitter in Oakland in 1990 as he pushed his record further out of reach.
There is obviously no guarantee of a no hitter. Even with the Coliseum ranking fifth on the list, the odds come out to possibly seeing one every five years. While that would put the Coliseum on track to host a no hitter in 2024, Fiers may have the last one in the history of the ballpark.
Heading to an Oakland A’s game leads to a solid chance of seeing a no hitter in person. The Coliseum is the fifth most likely ballpark for history to be made.