DETROIT — Juan Nieves has coached towards the Milwaukee Brewers ahead of.
However Tuesday had a bit other really feel for him after Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader mixed Saturday in Cleveland to throw the franchise’s moment no-hitter.
Nieves, after all, authored the primary – the entire long ago on April 15, 1987 in Baltimore – and the events met Tuesday for a pre-game chat and to take some photos at Comerica Park.
“Congratulations to each guys and to the group,” stated Nieves, now an assistant pitching trainer for the Detroit Tigers. “Something that I feel sorry about now not taking place with mine or the newest one is the truth that it by no means occurs in Milwaukee. I used to be hoping for the fan base in Milwaukee to peer one thing like that. It will be superb.
“I’ve been concerned as a trainer (in no-hitters) and it is at all times extra a laugh while you do it at house.”
Nieves used to be in the course of a sport with the Tampa Bay Rays when Burnes struck out 14 over 8 innings and Hader two extra within the 9th in a Three-Zero victory.
He’d realized of his ancient feat in spite of everything being matched upon getting again to the clubhouse and seeing a flurry of textual content messages on his telephone.
The Brewers have flirted with no-hitters previously – together with a couple of shut calls this season – however hadn’t been ready to recover from the hump till Saturday evening at Revolutionary Box.
Nieves stated on such events he’d typically listen from anyone that Milwaukee had come with reference to matching his ancient feat.
“I listen it a bit; my buddies at all times inform me when any person comes shut,” he stated. “I believe the longer I’m within the sport and the extra I see, I believe, ‘Wow, that’s a different evening.’ Rapidly the solar, the moon and stars line up as it should be.
“I at all times say that one of the vital attention-grabbing issues about when that no-hitter took place is we if truth be told began the season 13-Zero and there used to be a hero each and every evening. We had the Sunday sport that we got here again and received. Anyone threw some other shutout. Anyone hit 3 homers in a sport.
“It used to be superb what took place in that span of 13 video games.”
Nieves used to be a young 23 years of age when he teamed up with Invoice Schroeder to shape the battery that held the Orioles hitless at Memorial Stadium.
Making his moment get started of the season, Nieves estimated he threw 118 pitches, which might had been 3 greater than Burnes threw in 8 innings. Nieves walked 5 and generated simplest 3 ground-ball outs whilst hanging out seven.
The signature play of that sport used to be Robin Yount’s diving catch in right-center that robbed Eddie Murray of additional bases and clinched the 7-Zero victory. However there have been a couple of different moments that Nieves recalled as neatly.
“A number of performs that had been dynamic performs,” he stated. “Even within the 3rd inning, (Jim) Paciorek had a super play. Dale Sveum had a ground-ball double play on a bullet correct at him. General, I believe the depth of the sport (stood out).
“It used to be 1-Zero throughout to the tip. As a tender pitcher, you’re by no means excited about the no-hitter. It’s a 1-Zero sport. You’re simply looking to put zeros up there. After we took the lead it used to be a bit other. That’s once I began excited about it.
“In the meantime, Mike Flanagan is throwing a gem and I’m considering, ‘Simply some other 0.’ That’s all it used to be.”
Nieves admitted to being “shocked” his no-hitter stood for goodbye and stated he wasn’t amongst those that consider a mixed no-hitter must have an asterisk positioned subsequent to it when the starter is not ready to move the gap.
“Completely now not,” he stated. “There’s mixed no-hitters that experience took place within the giant leagues ahead of. Nevertheless it’s a unique generation. They’re going to be pitching all the way through October, so it’s important to be actually cautious now not extending him so you could have him recent via that run.
“They have got their the explanation why and I’m certain he’s going to have many extra photographs at it.”
Arm issues left Nieves to pitch simplest 3 years within the main leagues, as he completed with a 32-25 file, a four.71 earned run reasonable and one save over 490⅔ innings.
He used to be the second-youngest pitcher to throw a no-hitter on the time in addition to the primary Puerto Rican.
Nieves started his training profession within the minor leagues with the New York Yankees in 1992 and were given again to the majors in 2007 as a bullpen trainer with the Chicago White Sox.
He additionally coached for the Boston Purple Sox and Miami Marlins ahead of becoming a member of Detroit’s personnel remaining offseason.
“Sadly, my profession used to be a bit brief, however I’ve been blessed training,” he stated. “I’ve noticed many (no-hitters) at the different facet.”