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Former Big Leaguer Tim Melville Just Threw a 142-Pitch No-Hitter in Taiwan and Then Did a … Uhm, Dance?

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Right-hander Tim Melville was ranked as the best high school player available in the 2008 MLB Draft, and was ultimately selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 115th overall pick. Unfortunately, his MLB career didn’t quite live up to his prospect hype, and after stops with the Tigers, Reds, Twins, Padres, Orioles, *and* Rockies (now THAT’S a journeyman), he did what a lot of waywardly big leaguers do: signed a deal to play in Asia and extend his career. And then re-upped again for the 2021 season.

Good thing, too, because yesterday, Melville became just the 10th player in Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) history to throw a no-hitter. But it wasn’t easily earned.

It took Melville a record-breaking 142 pitches to notch his no-hitter, but he got the job done:

But this is where it gets even more fun.

Apparently, in the CPBL, when a home-team player wins the game-MVP award … he has to do a little dance. So Melville did it and he did NOT phone it in.

I am absolutely dying of laughter and loving every second of this:

He knew every step! How is this not a thing in MLB yet?!

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami