|Phil Humber after throwing his perfect game|
Sunday, May 12, 2013
How hard is it to throw a perfect game? Try .000000001 batting average hard. The incredibly rare feat has only been accomplished 23 times in the history of baseball. Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Cy Young headline the small fraternity of perfect pitchers. Standing next to them are Randy Johnson, Jim Bunning, and Don Larson... Then, there's Phil Humber. Oh yeah, one of the two pitchers to throw a perfecto before the live ball era, right? Not quite. If you dig deep in the batter's box and scan your mental archives, you may remember that Phil's perfect game came last year with the White Sox. Fast forward to today and Phil Humber is a member of the lowly Houston Astros. Correct that, was a member of the lowly Houston Astros. Due to the coupling of an 0-8 record with a 9.59 ERA, Humber heard the three words that no player wants to hear in major league baseball: designated for assignment. While Phil may still wind up in the Astros farm system if no other team claims him from the waiver wire, he currently has no team. How can a pitcher who threw a perfect game be essentially unwanted in less than a year? There's only one explanation. Phil Humber resides somewhere in between the Twilight Zone and the Mendoza Line.