Hideo Nomo

Baseball Player
Born Aug 31, 1968

Hideo Nomo is a former right-handed pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball from Japan. He achieved early success in Japan, where he played with the Kintetsu Buffaloes from 1990 to 1994. He then exploited a loophole to free himself from his Japanese contract and became the first Japanese-born Japanese major leaguer to permanently relocate to Major League Baseball in the United States.… Read More

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  • Padres Hire Nomo To Bolster Pacific Rim Presence
    NYTimes - Feb 12, 2016
  • Padres Hire Hideo Nomo To Boost Presence In Pacific Rim
    Yahoo News - Feb 11, 2016
  • Baseball Highlights Of Sunday's Mlb Games
    Yahoo News - May 26, 2014
  • Dodgers' Beckett Throws Season's First No Hitter
    Yahoo News - May 25, 2014


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Hideo Nomo.


1968 Birth Born on August 31, 1968.


1988 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Nomo graduated from Seijo Industrial High School in Osaka where he grew to and. However, he was not selected in the Nippon Professional Baseball draft due to issues with his control. Instead, in 1988, Nomo joined Shin-Nittetsu Sakai, an Industrial League team representing Nippon Steel's branch in Sakai, Osaka. … Read More


1990 21 Years Old Nomo debuted with them in 1990 and was an immediate success, going 18–8 but more impressively striking out 287 hitters in just 235 innings. … Read More
1994 25 Years Old 1 More Event
His fifth season in 1994 was marred by a shoulder injury and netted him only eight wins. … Read More
1995 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Nomo made his U.S. pro baseball debut with the Bakersfield Blaze on April 27, 1995, against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. … Read More
1996 27 Years Old Nomo also found commercial success in America. Nomo had a signature sneaker, called the Air Max Nomo, produced by Nike in 1996.
1997 28 Years Old Also, he appeared on a Segata Sanshiro commercial for the Sega Saturn in 1997. … Read More


1999 30 Years Old He reached the 1,000 strikeout mark in 1999, the third fastest in major league history. … Read More
2003 34 Years Old Nomo began to struggle again in. After undergoing shoulder surgery in October 2003, he was benched after going 4–11 with an 8.25 ERA for the Dodgers (the worst ERA in the history of baseball for a player with at least 15 decisions in a season). … Read More
2007 38 Years Old …  He made his debut on October 20, 2007, against Tiburones de La Guaira. … Read More
On January 4,, Nomo signed a minor league contract for 2008 with the Kansas City Royals. … Read More


2014 45 Years Old 1 More Event
He was the last Dodger to throw a no-hitter until Josh Beckett completed one on May 25, 2014.
2015 46 Years Old …  He was the only Japanese pitcher in Major League Baseball to throw a no-hitter until the Seattle Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma did so on August 12, 2015 against the Baltimore Orioles. … Read More
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