Hideo Nomo
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Hideo Nomo
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.
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Padres Hire Nomo to Bolster Pacific Rim Presence
NYTimes - about 1 year
The San Diego Padres have hired Japanese pitching pioneer Hideo Nomo as an advisor for baseball operations to strengthen their presence in the Pacific Rim, the National League franchise said on Thursday.
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Padres hire Hideo Nomo to boost presence in Pacific Rim
Yahoo News - about 1 year
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have hired Hideo Nomo as an adviser to baseball operations to help expand their presence in the Pacific Rim.
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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's MLB games
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
- - - Dodgers 6, Phillies 0 Josh Beckett retired 23 consecutive batters on his way to the first no-hitter of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. "I went to check on him after seven, and he's like 'You're not taking me out'," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He was talking about the no-hitter the whole time." The 34-year-old Texan's no-hitter was the first for the Dodgers since Hideo Nomo in 1996. Before Sunday, the most recent no-hitter was by Henderson Alvarez of the Miami Marlins, against the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 29, the final day of last season.
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Dodgers' Beckett throws season's first no-hitter
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
(Reuters) - Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season and first of his career while leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The 34-year-old Texan struck out five-time All-Star Chase Utley for the game's final out before his teammates charged the infield to congratulate Beckett on the latest accomplishment of his decorated career. In his 321st career MLB start, Beckett threw 128 pitches, struck out six batters and walked three to record the 21st no-hitter in Dodgers history and the team's first since Japan's Hideo Nomo in 1996.
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Why Masahiro Tanaka Will Be the MLB's Next Japanese Ace, Not Bust
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Unless you have been living under a rock without ESPN or Twitter, you've probably heard of the Yankees' newest addition, 25 year-old Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka's 2013 Japanese Pacific League pitching performance for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles was nothing short of stunning. He completed the season with an unheard of 24-0 record along with an ERA of 1.27 (best among starters). In addition, he finished the season tied with the second-most strikeouts (183) in the league, as well as the best WHIP among starters. It's evident that Tanaka's stats are among the best of any pitcher in the world. But there is constant concern that he, like many Japanese pitchers before him, will be a big league bust. However, don't make the mistake of judging Tanaka on the failed potential of other Japanese pitchers. The famous Japanese starters who have been imported in the past two decades are: Kei Igawa, Hideo Nomo, Hiroki Kuroda, Yu Darvish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Irabu. ...
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Thomas, Maddux, Glavine elected to Hall of Fame
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Not only did Bonds' Hall of Fame candidacy lose support from last year, but Thomas said the home run king - or any player linked to performance-enhancing drugs - doesn't belong in the Cooperstown museum. [...] in Cooperstown on July 27, it'll be more about Thomas and Atlanta teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who were elected Wednesday, and less about Bonds, Roger Clemens and other tainted players who gained no momentum on the latest ballot. Thomas, who called for a stiffer drug policy during the height of the steroid era (as did ex-Giants infielder Jeff Kent, who received 15.2 percent of the vote), said he had heard from Hall of Famers at recent charity events about what has been known publicly for years, that Cooperstown members don't want the PED guys in their club. Thomas, who was bigger than his listed 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, played football at Auburn University and was "always the biggest and strongest guy out there since I came into the league" but he was not linked to ster ...
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Analyzing the Pitchers of the 2014 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot: Part 2
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
On January 8, 2014 the Baseball Writers Association of American (BBWAA) and the Veterans Committee will give out keys to the most important shrine in all of baseballdom. It is difficult to argue that baseball's Hall of Fame is not the most exclusive of any of America's big four sports. This year, baseball fans will get to see one of the most talent-laden ballots in many years. But which players should get in during this competitive year? For the purposes of this article, I will only be examining the pitchers who are up for induction. Let's see what we've got! Jack Morris Pros: Five all-star games accompanied by 254 wins would get anyone to the gate of Cooperstown. But Morris isn't just any pitcher. He also finished his career with nearly 2,500 strikeouts (32nd all-time) and arguably pitched the greatest game 7 in World Series history. In his 18 year career, he picked up four World Series rings along the way. (Fun fact! Morris is one of only a handful of players that has won th ...
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Darvish 2nd, Iwakuma 3rd, Uehara 7th for Cy Young
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Yu Darvish, Hisashi Iwakuma and Koji Uehara teamed up for an exceptionally strong showing by Japanese pitchers in the American League Cy Young Award voting. Darvish of the Texas Rangers was second and Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners came in third Wednesday, marking the highest finishes for Japanese pitchers in any Cy Young competition. [...] this year, the top Cy Young finishes for Japanese pitchers had been fourth place, by Hideo Nomo in the NL in 1995 and 1996, and by Daisuke Matsuzaka in the AL in 2008. Next week, he plans to take part in a baseball clinic in Sendai and the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by a tsunami and earthquake. "[...] of the year, I like to take my time to give back to the city I played for that supported me for many years and give spirit to the people and kids that dream about baseball," he said.
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Pagan returns from DL for Giants
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Angel Pagan contacted trainer Dave Groeschner, pleading to return to the Giants a couple of days early. Manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean spoke Thursday and signed off on Pagan suiting up Friday night. The Giants had planned to activate Pagan from the disabled list on Sunday. Pagan indicated he's as ready as he'll be, passed all the tests in 10 minor-league rehab games and was eager to play his first big-league game since May 25. Pagan hit only .226 in 36 minor-league plate appearances. To make room for Pagan on the 25-man roster, the Giants optioned Francisco Peguero to Triple-A Fresno. Andres Torres (Achilles tendon) was moved to the 60-day DL, clearing a 40-man roster spot for Pagan. Two days after Jhoulys Chacin's 6 2/3 hitless innings against the Giants at Coors Field, Matt Cain was told his 7 1/3 hitless innings in 2010 were the second-most at Coors behind Hideo Nomo's no-hitter.
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Brandon Crawford breaks up no-hit bid in 5-4 Giants loss
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
By John Shea DENVER – Brandon Crawford knew Jhoulys Chacin had a no-hit bid and also knew – at least anticipated – someone was going to break it up. Why not him? “It’s a good park to hit in,” Crawford said of Coors Field, where only one no-hitter has been thrown, Hideo Nomo’s for the 1996 Dodgers. “We got no-hit in Cincinnati, so it could really happen anywhere. I don’t feel like any of our guys weren’t having good at-bats. We just weren’t getting hits.” Wednesday night, Chacin knocked on the door of history, trying to become the first Rockie to throw a Coors Field no-hitter. He was denied. After [...]
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A's, swept in Florida, head to Boston
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
A's, swept in Florida, head to Boston [...] after an 8-1 loss to the Rays on Sunday that knocked the A's out of first place in the AL West, Oakland heads to Boston, where the Red Sox and the entire city are getting over a tragic and emotional week that included the Boston Marathon bombings, the shooting death of an MIT security officer and a citywide manhunt that resulted in the death of one bombing suspect and the apprehension of the other. The Red Sox held a moving ceremony for the victims of the bombings and for the tremendous law-enforcement efforts before their game Saturday, and Neil Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" on the field. Reddick did end the A's string of scoreless innings at 14 with a two-out RBI single in the fourth. For the first time since Sept. 17-18, 2011, the team has gone consecutive games without an extra-base hit. Tommy Milone, the first A's pitcher on an Opening Day roster since Dave Stewart in 1990 to win his first three starts of the se ...
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A's Ryan Cook pitches a perfect 7th
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
A's Ryan Cook pitches a perfect 7th A's closer Ryan Cook tossed a perfect seventh inning in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, sandwiching strikeouts of Bryce Harper and David Wright (both looking) around a Carlos Ruiz flyball. Aside from his 1-2-3 inning, Cook said his favorite All-Star experience was "just being in this clubhouse," including an informal chat with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Though Cook flew in a private jet to Kansas City, courtesy of Seattle's Felix Hernandez following Sunday's Mariners-A's game, he's flying commercial to Minnesota to meet his teammates. In a pregame interview, Kemp, who's expected to come off the disabled list this week, said the Dodgers are superior to the Giants. Kemp said he's eager to return from his latest hamstring ailment to help my team win a pennant. ... Michael Weiner, executive director of the players' association, told The Chronicle it's still possible the union could file a collusion grievance on Barry Bonds' ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for April 23, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits Sports oxymoron headline of the year. "World Peace turns violent." Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) of the Lakers connected with an ugly elbow thrown at James Harden of Oklahoma City and got himself ejected from the Lakers double overtime win. All quiet in Vancouver. Despite being the #1 seed and getting ousted by the eighth seeded L.A. Kings there were no riots in the streets as there were last year. Elsewhere, Philadelphia ousted Pittsburgh in six games and Boston forced a seventh game with Washington. After losing seventh straight finals to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal finally beat him 6-3, 6-1 to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the eighth consecutive year. Is it the earliest vote of confidence in baseball history? Bobby Valentine gets the "seal of approval" from Red Sox management just 14 games into the season. 2. And Still... Philip Humber of the ...
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The NL Rookie Of The Year Race Is Over -- Or Is It? - Baseball Nation
Google News - over 5 years
The only pitchers to better that, Kerry Wood, Hideo Nomo and Dwight Gooden, all won the Rookie of the Year award. And Wood won it with just 166.2 innings pitched, barely enough to qualify (although finishing third in the NL with 233 strikeouts and
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Beachy sets Braves rookie strikeout record - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
The only rookies in Major League history with better marks were Kerry Wood (12.58 in 1998), Dwight Gooden (11.39 in 1984) and Hideo Nomo (11.10 in 1995). Of his accomplishment, Beachy said, "That's cool in its own right. That's pretty neat
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Salazar returns to Braves' dugout - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
Only four rookie starters in Major League history have produced a better ratio: Kerry Wood (12.58 in 1998), Dwight Gooden (11.39 in 1984) and Hideo Nomo (11.1 in 1995). Milwaukee's Zack Greinke (10.67) and Toronto's Brandon Morrow (10.41) are the only
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Sun Life Stadium By Any Other Name Still Stunk - Amazin' Avenue
Google News - over 5 years
The newly acquired Hideo Nomo threw six scoreless innings, despite some typically muggy, Floridian weather, and ex-Marlin Dennis Cook contributed his own clean frame. The Mets held a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Mel Rojas allowed two runs,
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Fascinating facts from Sunday's games - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
The seven are the most for a Dodgers pitcher since Hideo Nomo had 11 in 1995 and are the most for a Dodgers southpaw since Fernando Valenzuela had seven in 1984. The last Dodgers left-hander to have more than seven in a season was Sandy Koufax,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hideo Nomo
  • 2015
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Nomo currently resides in Los Angeles. Nomo was born into the working-class Osaka family of Shizuo, a fisherman and postal worker, and Kayoko, a part-time supermarket employee. As a youth, Nomo was shy and withdrawn, although passionate about baseball. He developed his corkscrew-style pitching motion in order to impress his father while playing catch. He believed that rotating from having his back turned to his target would help him add speed to his pitches.
  • 2014
    Age 45
    Nomo was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, the youngest player ever elected to that Hall of Fame, and only the third ever to be selected in his or her first year of eligibility.
    More Details Hide Details A song about Nomo, "There's No One Like Nomo" performed by Jack Sheldon, written by Marvin Hamlisch and Alan and Marilyn Bergman, was released by GNP Crescendo Records (GNPD 1406) in 1996. Nomo has been referenced in hip-hop lyrics by rappers such as Pusha T and Wale. Pro wrestler Mitsuhide Hirasawa adopted the ring name Hideo Saito, partially in homage to Nomo.
    He was the last Dodger to throw a no-hitter until Josh Beckett completed one on May 25, 2014.
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  • 2008
    Age 39
    On July 17, 2008, Nomo officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball.
    More Details Hide Details Nomo has 123 wins in the Major Leagues and 78 in Japan, winning his 200th overall game on June 15, 2005. Nomo's success helped inspire other stars from Japan such as Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, and Daisuke Matsuzaka to come over to the States as well. In addition, Nomo is one of only five players that have ever pitched at least one no-hitter game in both the National League and American League in Major League Baseball history. He has, to date, thrown the only no-hitters at Coors Field and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He won the 1996 ESPY Award for Breakthrough Athlete.
    On April 10, 2008, Nomo made his first major league appearance since 2005.
    More Details Hide Details He faced the New York Yankees in relief. He was brought in to start the seventh inning of a game while the Yankees were leading 4-1. Nomo loaded the bases, but was able to retire his native countryman, Hideki Matsui to strand all three runners. However, he later surrendered back-to-back homers to Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada in the ninth inning. On April 20, Nomo was designated for assignment. The Royals released him on April 29, 2008.
    On January 4,, Nomo signed a minor league contract for 2008 with the Kansas City Royals.
    More Details Hide Details If added to the roster Nomo would have received a $600,000 one-year contract and the chance to earn $100,000 in performance bonuses. On April 5, his contract was bought by the Royals and was added to the 25-man roster.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    He made his debut on October 20, 2007, against Tiburones de La Guaira.
    More Details Hide Details Nomo pitched one inning, allowing one hit and no runs.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Before the start of spring training for, he signed a $800,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The contract also included a $700,000 incentive that kicked in if Nomo started 20 games. The stipulation was allegedly included because Devil Rays upper management was unsure if Nomo had fully recovered from his injury. After a poor start in which he posted a 7.24 ERA, he was released on July 25. Coincidentally or not, this was two days before he was slated to make his twentieth major league start. On July 27, Nomo was picked up off waivers by the New York Yankees, who signed him to a minor league contract, but never recalled him. Nomo was signed to a minor league contract by the Chicago White Sox during spring training in to play for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights of the International League, but the White Sox released him on June 7 of that year.
  • 1999
    Age 30
    He reached the 1,000 strikeout mark in 1999, the third fastest in major league history.
    More Details Hide Details The Brewers waived him after contract issues and the Philadelphia Phillies claimed him, then granted him free agency only 24 hours later after more contract issues. Finally signed by the Detroit Tigers in, he went 8–12 with a 4.74 ERA and was again released. Nomo signed with the Boston Red Sox in and started the season in spectacular fashion, throwing his second no-hitter in his Sox debut, on April 4, against the Baltimore Orioles, walking three and striking out 11. This no-hitter was the first in the 10-year history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and made Nomo the first Red Sox to pitch a no-hitter since Dave Morehead in. Nomo also became just the fourth player in baseball history to have thrown a no-hitter in both leagues (joining Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Nolan Ryan. Randy Johnson would later join them, becoming the 5th player after throwing a perfect game in 2004). It is the earliest, calendar-wise, that a Major League Baseball no-hitter has been pitched. Nomo also led the league in strikeouts for the first time since his first season in MLB.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    Also, he appeared on a Segata Sanshiro commercial for the Sega Saturn in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details As batters caught on to his delivery, his effectiveness waned a bit in, although he still went 14–12, joining Dwight Gooden as the only other pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in each of his first three seasons. Nomo pitched poorly in, starting the season 2–7 and was dealt to the New York Mets. He was not much better and got released. In, he signed with the Chicago Cubs and made three starts for their Triple-A minor league team before refusing to make further starts in the minors, and got a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he went 12–8 with a 4.54 ERA.
  • 1996
    Age 27
    Nomo also found commercial success in America. Nomo had a signature sneaker, called the Air Max Nomo, produced by Nike in 1996.
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  • 1995
    Age 26
    The tornado delivery that baffled batters in Japan had the same effect on major league hitters, and he led the league in strikeouts in 1995 (while finishing second in walks) and was second with a 2.54 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details He struck out 11.101 batters per 9 innings to break Sandy Koufax's single-season franchise record of 10.546 in. He also started that year's All-Star Game, striking out three of the six batters he faced. But he only barely won NL Rookie of the Year honors that year over future MVP Chipper Jones, as many voters felt that his Japanese success made him anything but a rookie, although he qualified by Major League rules. Nomo had another fine season in which was capped by a no-hitter thrown on September 17 in the unlikeliest of places, Denver's Coors Field, a park notoriously known as being a hitters' park because of its high elevation, semi-arid climate, and lack of foul territory.
    Nomo made his U.S. pro baseball debut with the Bakersfield Blaze on April 27, 1995, against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
    More Details Hide Details Placed on a 90-pitch limit, and throwing mainly fastballs, Nomo pitched 5⅓ innings, taking the 2–1 loss against the Quakes. On May 2, after a month in the minors necessitated by a player's strike, he became the first Japanese-born Major Leaguer to appear in a major league game since Masanori Murakami in. He was also the first Japanese-born player to relocate permanently to the American major leagues, as Murakami played only two seasons with the San Francisco Giants and then returned to the Japanese major leagues for the remainder of his career. The pressure on Nomo would be tremendous, and Japanese media and fans appeared in large numbers in games he started. Nomo's games were regularly broadcast live to Japan, despite the fact most people would be waking up when he started games.
  • 1994
    Age 25
    Nomo had become one of the most popular baseball players in Japan but after the 1994 season, Nomo got into a contract dispute with team management.
    More Details Hide Details The Buffaloes rebuffed Nomo's demands to have a contract agent and multi-year contract. However, because he was drafted by Kintetsu, the Buffaloes retained exclusive rights to Nomo. However, Nomo's agent, Don Nomura, found a loophole in the Japanese Uniform Players Contract to enable him to become a free agent. The "voluntary retirement clause" allowed a player who retired to play for whomever he wished after returning to active status. This led to him heading to the U.S., where in February 1995, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed him.
    His fifth season in 1994 was marred by a shoulder injury and netted him only eight wins.
    More Details Hide Details Nomo's forkball became famous for being unpredictable for hitters and catchers alike.
  • 1990
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The strikeout numbers were attributed to his unorthodox wind-up, where he turned his back to the hitter, raised his pivot leg, and paused for a second before throwing. The delivery increased his pitch speed and made it more difficult for batters to spot the ball coming out of his hand. The windup gave him the nickname "Tornado." In his first four seasons, Nomo was as consistent, and consistently good, as any pitcher in Japanese baseball, winning 17 or 18 games each year.
  • 1988
    Age 19
    Nomo honed his forkball and his control while pitching in the Industrial League. At the 1988 Summer Olympics, Nomo played for the silver medal-winning Japanese baseball team and the Kintetsu Buffaloes drafted him in.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Nomo slept with a tennis ball taped between his fingers in order to perfect his forkball grip.
  • 1968
    Born on August 31, 1968.
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