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Japanese prospect brings back Hideo Nomo pitching motion

The spirit of Hideo Nomo lives on in Japanese prospect Suguru Takai.The 21-year-old Takai, a right-handed pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball league, is going viral for a familiar pitching motion — one that is virtually a mirror image of Nomo’s. Nomo became famous for that corkscrew-esque delivery during his 12 seasons pitching in the MLB (most notably...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Padres hire Hideo Nomo to boost presence in Pacific Rim

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. Nomo was the first Japanese player to permanently move to the big leagues, leading the way for more than 50 other players to follow. Last year, the Padres hired Moises Alou in a similar capacity, focusing on player development in the...
Via Associated Press
February 11, 2016  |  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 his contract...
Via Baseball Prospectus
January 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Japan's Hisashi Iwakuma Heading to Oakland?

In 1995, when Hideo Nomo left Japan and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he actually did something pretty monumental.Consider this...he became the first Japanese-born Major Leaguer since Masanori Murakami 30 years prior.  He also became the first Japanese-born player to relocate permanently to the American Major Leagues considering Murakami played only two seasons with the San...
Via Hall of Very Good
November 08, 2010  |  Discuss

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