Monday, May 11, 2009

This Day in Florida Marlins History: May 11, 1996

On May 11, 1996, Al Leiter recorded the first no-hitter in Florida Marlins History. Leiter ate up the Colorodo Rockies line-up like chum as the Marlins won 11-0. He struck out six and walked two, while retiring the last 20 batters in a row. He finished the year 16-12, a 2.93 ERA and a career high in strick outs (200) and innings pitched (215.1).

Al Leiter went on to help the Marlins win their first World Series Title in 1997.

He was the first no-hitter in Marlins history, but definitely not the last. Three others have followed in his footsteps and bolstered Florida's uniquely impressive pitching history - they were Kevin Brown, AJ Burnett and Anibal Sanchez. We can only wait and see who will be the next to make the no-hitter club and round off the Marlins' elite pitching group to five.

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