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The Inspiration For KENTA’s “Hideo Itami” Ring Name Revealed

KENTA’s name change to Hideo Itami was inspired by baseball (former pitcher Hideo Nomo) and Japanese manga, as Itami comes from Naruto. Itami’s first WWE theme song is now available on iTunes. It’s called Tokiwakita (Time Has Come).
Via WZR Online
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Inspiration Behind Hideo Itami's Name Change, Head Writer for NXT TV Revealed, More

- Regarding Kenta's name being changed to Hideo Itami, apparently Hideo comes from former MLB pitcher Hideo Nomo and Itami has to do with Naruto Manga anime. - WrestleMania 31 tickets will reportedly be going on sale in November. Fans who attended the August 16th WWE live event in San Jose will soon be receiving information on how to get tickets shortly before they are put on...
Via Ring Side News
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Dodger Hideo Nomo elected to Japan Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo was elected to the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday, becoming the youngest player ever (45 and 4 months) to be honored. Nomo becomes one of only three players in history elected to the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Known as "Warrior," Nomo spent seven seasons with the Dodgers where he earned an 81-66...
Via Fox Sports West
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Nike Japan's ‘The Pledge' Highlights Individual Performance in Team Culture

Nike Japan's new TV commercial “The Pledge,” sends the message that players of any sport can inspire team, coach, fan, rival and the world, showing that individual effort and success eventually lead to team success. Part of the “Make Them Talk” campaign, the ad features baseball icon Hideo Nomo and major leaguer Koji Uehara. The ad depicts a young baseball player...
Via Mo Better Shoes
March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeremy Lin's 'Linsanity' Brings Back Memories of 'Nomomania' Over Dodgers Pitcher Hideo Nomo

There is a No. 16 Dodgers jersey somewhere in a closet -- or maybe by now it's been confined to a box -- at my parents' home. It hasn't been worn in more than a decade, but it got plenty of wear in its early days. Hideo Nomo arrived with a bang in the United States in 1995, when the 26-year-old rookie pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers won the Rookie of the Year Award...
February 17, 2012  |  Discuss

SoSGSACBEWPCL - The Next Generation

The Teams OK, team Guernsey. You've gotten through to the final round thanks to big contributions from Jason, MLASC, and Hideo Nomo. Now, the big three commenters from Round 1 will have to face off against each other.St. Peter Port Cllichards Vale Hann'taons Forest Bourdons Hideo Nomo MLASC Jason KarinaOrel Loney Fan Steve K Fred's Brim Rbnlaw Remember, for round two...
Via Sons of Steve Garvey
January 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Wezen-Ball: Pre-MLB Nomo & Ichiro in SI by Larry Granillo

The news that Yu Darvish has finally signed with the Rangers inspired me (again) to do a little digging into the history of Japanese ballplayers in the Major Leagues. Not that we're talking ancient history here. Other than the Giants' 1960s relief pitcher Masanori Murakami, the only major league Japanese players have been playing only since Hideo Nomo found a loophole in...
Via Baseball Prospectus
January 19, 2012  |  Discuss

There's No One Like Nomo

Real Nomo prepares to sue for defamation. Hello, my name may or may not be Hideo Nomo, and I am honored and grateful to have been elevated (along with my homies-in-crime Baker & Stubbs) from comment section squatter to full-on Son of Steve Garvey. (I just hope Dad knows he has these extra mouths to feed now.) A bit of my history with the Dodgers: I was christened a Dodger...
Via Sons of Steve Garvey
December 05, 2011  |  Discuss

O'Malley, Park and Nomo to operate Dodgertown

Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and ex-Los Angeles pitchers Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park will run the team's former spring training complex at Dodgertown with minor league baseball's governing body. O'Malley's sister, Terry Seidler, also will operate what is now being called Vero Beach Sports Village together with the National Association of Professional Baseball...
Via AP on Fox
November 10, 2011  |  Discuss

Hey, Yu? Wanna be a Ranger? Darvish considered best Japanese pitcher since Hideo Nomo

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November 02, 2011  |  Discuss
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