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23 days until Opening Day: Let's celebrate perfect games

A pitcher who throws a perfect game often finishes it on top of the world. AP Photo/Lou Requena,

There are 23 days until Opening Day, and the number 23 has a greater meaning in baseball history. It represents the number of perfect games that have been thrown in the major leagues. Here's a look at some of the most notable numbers and moments from them.

Those 23 are particularly notable entering the 2017 season, as it is the five-year anniversary of the 2012 season, which featured three perfect games -- which, as the graphic notes, is the most in a season in major league history.

In the past four seasons, three pitchers have come within one out of a perfect game -- Yusmeiro Petit, Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer -- but none finished the feat. The quest for perfection begins anew in 23 days.