It’s raining no-hitters at a pace to rival 1884, back when the ball probably wasn’t even round

In other news, Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs threw a no-hitter Sunday night.

Wait a minute. In other news?

That’s the way it feels any more when some pitchers snuffs the other side. Arrieta’s was the sixth no-hitter of the 2015 season. On top of that, it was the second time in the month of August that the Los Angeles Dodgers went without a hit in a game.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs salutes the crowd after pitching a no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Cubs won 2-0. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs salutes the crowd after pitching a no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 30, 2015. The Cubs won 2-0. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The easy answer always is to say that these things run in cycles. There were seven no-hitters, for instance, in 2012, tying the modern record for a single season, but none at all in 2000 and 2005.

All I know is that what used to be epic has become just another tidbit of info scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen. Part of that is a baseball problem.

The NFL gets headlines for roster cuts and injuries and such. Baseball has been devalued to the point that it takes more than a sensational individual achievement to get everyone’s attention. These days you need a funny video of a squirrel running around the infield and spooking a guy while he’s pitching a no-hitter. That and only that would kill.

Truth is, fans would rather watch baseballs flying out of the park. The long ball is irresistable. It’s the opposite of perfection, or near-perfection, as demonstrated by a pitcher who can’t be solved. Think chaos instead. Think NASCAR pileup instead of smooth sailing.

Do you remember how many no-hitters there were in 1998 Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa slugged it out for the home-run title and both of them wound up breaking Roger Maris’ record of 61? There was one no-hitter that season, by David Wells. If there had been 10 of them, or if there had been zero, the overall impact would have been the same in comparison. Negligible.

[Miami Heat training camp is coming soon and it sure doesn’t feel like 37-45 anymore]

[They’re all wimpy season openers but Gators’ assignment is the softest]

[With Pat Riley, the Heat are never far from raising a banner]

This isn’t even a steroids issue alone. Pitchers were juicing, too, when cheating was rampant.

Maybe for me it’s just a preference for seeing those bats be used as more than a stage prop when guys carry them to the plate. What am I thinking when the Little League World Series is on and some big kid is blowing the other team away? I’m thinking the same thing that I do when major leaguers are going down easy at the plate, inning after inning after 1-2-3 inning.

Hit the ball!

There’s most of a month left to the 2015 regular season, which means there probably will be a few more no-hitters. That puts the 1884 all-time record of eight no-hitters in play.

Those were not the good old days, and neither are these.