Crowning the King

Sean Manaea

Heading into an August 3, 2012 game at Brewster, Sean Manaea had already cemented himself as the league’s best pitcher and best prospect.

And then he out-did himself.

In his final start as a Hyannis Harbor Hawk, Manaea took a perfect game into the eighth inning, losing it, coincidentally, at the hands of another future Big Leaguer as Aaron Judge singled. But it was Manaea’s night, no-hitter or not. He ended up going eight innings and allowing just the one hit. He struck out 10, bringing his season total to a new Cape League modern era record of 85.

It was his third consecutive shutout, bringing to a close one of the most remarkable stretches in Cape League history. He had been good early in the season but he was otherworldly down the stretch, allowing one earned run and striking out 56 in his final 34 innings.

He finished the summer with a 1.21 ERA, 85 strikeouts, 7 walks and 21 hits allowed.

It was pretty obvious we were witnessing something special.

Manaea made his Major League debut last year and is in the A’s rotation as we speak.




  1. Orville from Orleans says:

    Some people think of 2012 as the Year of the Lively Ball but I’ll always think of it as the Summer of Sean Manaea. Judging by the number of innings pitchers pitched this season, we’ll never see another season like it.

    Let’s hope that this summer was an aberration and not the new normal.

  2. Will Geoghegan Will Geoghegan says:

    Future Cape League Hall of Famer.

    Agreed on the innings this year. Six players qualify for the ERA title. Six!

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