Four years ago today, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history. It took 134 pitches to do it, but on June 1st 2012, the then 33 year-old coming off a shoulder surgery managed to mow down all 27 St. Louis Cardinals batters en route to an 8-0 victory. Until winning the NL Pennant during last year's playoff run, the no-hitter was the high-water mark for Mets fans in the past five years.
Four years later, the unforgettable outing has a retroactive bittersweetness to it. There is absolutely no denying that Johan Santana was never the same player again after the herculean work load he took on that day. Johan threw 10 more starts that season after the no-hitter, where he threw a combined 48.3 innings for 45 earned runs. He'd sit out the entire 2013 season before the Mets would buy out his 2014 option, making him a free agent.
Since then, Santana has signed two major league contracts with the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, but hasn't made a major league start amongst a myriad on injuries. It's reported he plans on making a career comeback in some fashion later this season, but the history of 37 year-old hurlers with multiple medical issues whose velocity has dropped double-digit MPHs is…not fantastic.