Colorado Rockies' ace Ubaldo Jimenez (5-0, 0.79 ERA, 31 K) just completed a month of April for the ages. His consecutive scoreless innings streak is at 22.1 and counting. He has only allowed a grand total of 3 ER in five starts. In the process he accomplished the rarest of baseball feats. He became only the second pitcher in major league history to go 5-0 with a no-hitter in the month of April. Prior to Jimenez, only the great Jack Morris (in 1984 for the Detroit Tigers) had accomplished the feat. Jimenez no-hit the Atlanta Braves earlier this month and Morris no-hit the Chicago White Sox back in Detroit's championship season of 1984.
There is no doubt Ubaldo Jimenez, a kid from the small town of Nagua in the Dominican Republic, is for real.
On the Jack Morris front--
Can someone please tell me why the Detroit Tigers haven't retired Morris' uniform number (No. 47)-- or for that matter, Alan Trammell's (No. 3); Lou Whitaker's (No. 1) and ex-manager Sparky Anderson's (No. 11)? No player since these 4 men have worn their respective numbers. Well, actually, Gary Sheffield, who during his brief stint with the Tigers, got public approval from Trammell to wear #3. But that's it! Other than that these numbers have not been used.
One thing is certain, these 4 men are Tiger legends and were the key components in the Tigers' 1984 World Series championship. So are the Tigers holding off to retire all 4 numbers together in a special ceremony?
If that's the case, they screwed up big time. Last year (the 25th anniversary of the '84 championship) would have been the perfect time.
If that isn't the case, I have no clue what they are waiting for because if these 4 men don't deserve to have their numbers retired by the Tigers, then I don't know who does--
The next Ty Cobb isn't coming any time soon!
Ubaldo Jimenez photo courtesy of Getty Images
Jack Morris photo courtesy of fullcountpitch.com