Francisco Liriano's no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox was pretty important as it almost assuredly kept the Minnesota Twins pitcher in the starting rotation for the immediate future, but it was also apparently pretty important to Liriano left-handed pitcher's bank account.
The 27-year-old is already getting $4,300,000 in salary this season, but according to a tweet from CNBC's Darren Rovell, pitching the no-hitter was worth an extra $10,000 in autograph signings this season and an additional $25,000 over the course of his career. That doesn't exactly seem like a huge amount when looking at professional athlete's salaries, but it certainly is a nice amount of money for throwing 123 pitches on a Tuesday night in Chicago during the MLB's regular season.
If history is any indication, however, Liriano probably shouldn't count on this happening often -- if ever -- in the future as Tuesday night's outing was the first time that he'd ever thrown a complete game, let alone a shutout or no-hitter. As a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, it's also quite unlikely as only Eric Milton (1999), Scott Erickson (1994), Dean Chance (1967) and Jack Kralick (1962) have achieved the milestone during their career in Minnesota.