NEW YORK (BaseballStL) -- The decision to leave Johan Santana, who hurled 134 pitches, to complete the first no-hitter in Mets history weighed heavily on manager Terry Collins’ gut Friday night.
Santana, who missed all of last season due to shoulder surgery, made sure he was going to complete the no-hitter as Collins debated taking his ace pitcher out of the game in the eighth inning of a lopsided victory. He later told reporters there was no way he was going to pull Santana, who was supposed to be on a 115 pitch count, from a game that was on the verge of making history.
Owner Jeff Wilpon and general manager Sandy Alderson told Collins it was the right decision to leave Santana in the game despite throwing more pitches than originally intended.
Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa shared the same sentiment in a phone call to Collins.
"He said, 'Look, you did the right thing,' " Collins told ESPNNewYork.com’s Mike Mazzeo. "When it comes from those people, I feel a lot better about it."