Ervin Santana Tosses No-Hitter, Gains Collectors’ Attention
Ervin Santana pitched the third no-hitter of the 2011 baseball season and the ninth in franchise history for the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday afternoon. The first of his career, Santana's no-no ended with 3-1 final score due to an error and wild pitches in the first inning. After the first inning, Santana settled on the mound and showed tremendous concentration to pitch the first no-hitter in over 26 years for the Angels. Santana pitched only the fourth no-hitter where the opposing team scored a run since 1969. The last time there was a no-hitter where a run was scored by the opposing team was in 1993, when Darryl Kile accomplished the feat with the Houston Astros.
Santana, from the Dominican Republic, has great pitches and projects to be a front of the rotation pitcher if not a potential ace. However, the 28-year-old pitcher has struggled to find consistency on the mound in his six years at the major league level. The right-handed pitcher has a career 4.28 ERA and despite his 6-8 record, Santana's ERA so far in 2011 is 3.47, which is 81 points lower than his career average. In Wednesday's victory over the Cleveland Indians, Santana struck out 10 batters while walking one in the eighth inning.
Collectors can find many options to add Ervin Santana to their collection at an affordable price point.
Key Ervin Santana Rookie Cards:
- 2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Auto RC
- 2004 Bowman Auto RC
- 2004 Bowman's Best Auto RC
- 2004 Bowman's Best Dual Auto RC
- 2004 Bowman Auto RC #170 (#/76) Seeded in packs of 2006 Bowman Originals Baseball
- 2004 Bowman Heritage Auto RC #340 (#/62) Seeded in packs of 2006 Bowman Originals Baseball
Unused tickets to Wednesday's no-hitter recently went for $20 at auction, autographed cards can be had for $10 and under, and an autographed baseball with JSA authentication recently sold for $55 at auction. If you've been holding on to your Ervin Santana's waiting for a time to sell, the time is now.