Pulled during a no-hitter

It’s hard to imagine many situations in which a manager would pull a pitcher with a no-hitter going, but it has happened 14 times in New York Mets history.

Thankfully, Mets Manager Terry Collins let Johan Santana go past his recommended pitch count on June 1, 2012, allowing him to make history.

The most recent abandoned no-no was on Sept. 15, 2010, when 20-year-old Jenrry Mejia left in the third inning with a strained shoulder blade.

Here is the list, from oldest to most recent, with their timestamps from our NoNoHitters.com count:

Aug. 10, 1969, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Nolan Ryan pitched 2 1/3 inings of no-hit ball against the Atlanta Braves before being pulled due to a thigh injury, according to the N.Y. Times. Manager Gil Hodges brought in an experienced no-no pitcher, Don Cardwell, who had accomplished the feat nine years earlier as a Chicago Cub. Unfortunately, Cardwell lost the no-hitter on the very next batter, giving up a double to opposing pitcher Jim Britton to make it 1,246 New York Mets games without a no-no. The Mets went on to win 3-0, with the Braves scattering five hits. Ryan would, of course, go on to pitch seven career no-hitters – none as a Met.

Sept. 15, 1977, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Although Mets’ starter Craig Swan left the second inning of this game against the Philadelphia Phillies with a live no-hitter, there was no way Mets Manager Joe Torre was going to wait and see how this one would play out. Swannie opened the game by walking leadoff batter Bake McBride and letting him steal second. Then he walked Larry Bowa and let both McBride and Bowa advance on steals. Mike Schmidt followed with a sacrifice fly and the Mets were down 1-0. Swan got out of the inning with the no-no still intact, but walked the first three batters in the second before Torre gave the ball to reliever Bob Myrick. Myrick gave up a bases-loaded single to opposing pitcher Randy Lerch to make it 2,572 Mets games without a no-hitter. Phillies 8, Mets 3 in a game that featured nine Phillies hits.

Sept. 25, 1980, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

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