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"I understand the extreme stathead position on no-hitters, that they’re not such a big deal relative to, say, a one-hitter with a lot of strikeouts. I simply don’t agree with it. We’ve been tracking these games for close to 150 years. There have been 300, give or take around various rules changes, or about two a year. They’re a part of the game’s fabric, the history, and that they don’t always map to a great career or even great pitching just makes them that much more notable."