BOSTON -- Roy Halladay's perfect game Saturday night was just the 20th in Major League history, but comparatively speaking, there's been a positive glut of them recently -- two this month, three in the past two years and the eighth in the past two decades.
"I think it's just a quirky thing," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "On any given night here at the big league level -- they're all in the big leagues for a reason, because they're good -- if they can command their stuff like Halladay did [Saturday] night, the odds might be that you can throw a no-hitter.
"I mean, it's tough to do. You've got to be perfect with all your pitches, you can't make a mistake, and if you do make one, it's got to be your night that your mistake is hit to somebody. And I didn't get a chance to watch any of it, but I'm pretty sure there were one or two spectacular plays that saved that perfect game. I don't know, but that generally happens to be the case."
So Yost doesn't necessarily think pitchers are just bigger, better or smarter in recent times -- the perfect games and other no-hitters have just happened.
"I don't really read anything into it," he said.