Saturday, April 25, 2009

What happend to Hideo Nomo?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a LA Dodgers Fan at all (GO ANGELS). A few days ago a random baseball thought came to my mind…..What ever happened to Japanese Pitcher Hideo Nomo?
In 1995 he debuted with the LA Dodgers. His wind-up was so unorthodox they nicknamed it “The Tornado.” 1995 was his year because he started that year’s All-Star game and also won Rookie of the year. 1996 was also a good year of Nomo. Nike gave him his own signature sneaker called the “Air Max Nomo.” After 1997 he pretty much fell off the planet. From 1998-2000 Hideo Nomo played for the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Detroit Tigers. From 2001-2003 Nomo became rejuvenated, throwing the Baseball as if he just entered the league for the first time. In 2001 the Boston Red Sox signed him and he threw his second no-hitter in his Sox debut. In 2002 he returned to the Dodgers, and ended having his best season since 1996. In 2003 Hideo Nomo started showing signs of fatigue and injury, and his career went down hill from that point on. In 2008 The Kansas City Royals released Hideo Nomo on April 29, 2008. On July 17, 2008 Hideo Nomo officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball.

HERE IS A LITTLE FACT FOR YOU WHACK DODGER FANS: Hideo Nomo is the Last Dodger Pitcher to Throw a No Hitter.

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