There was a time when the perfect game was one of the rarest feats in baseball history. That's no longer the case, but even with multiple perfectos being thrown this year, it's still impressive when a pitcher puts one together. Impressive enough that Felix Hernandez was the unanimous choice among our panel for the top spot in this week's rankings.
Hernandez put together one of the most outstanding pitching performances ever, striking out 12 Rays en route to his 27-up, 27-down masterpiece. As early as the third inning, observers were saying he had "perfect-game stuff," and he came through. Hernandez's perfection beat out Cross-Sport Power Rankings regular Lionel Messi, who returned to the pitch with a ho-hum two-goal performance for Barcelona. It looks like Messi will have another record-breaking season.
That's how our panel ranked them, but do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.
2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.
The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events that fall in that time span.