Hideo Nomo Rumors

Hideo Nomo Retires

Pitcher Hideo Nomo has retired, according to the AP (hat tip to NPB Tracker).

Nomo won 78 games in Japan in five seasons, and then exploited a loophole and retired from Japanese baseball.  He was a phenomenon in ’95, coming over as a free agent to win the ROY with the Dodgers as a 26 year-old.  He ended up winning 123 big league games. 

Odds And Ends: Thomas, Jays, Myers, Nomo

Expect another one of these today. There’s lots of little stuff, but not much in the way of substantive rumors.

Posted by Joe Pawlikowski.

Odds and Ends: Klesko, Street, Davis

I’ve got a slew of links for you.

Royals Sign Hideo Nomo

Fun transaction today, as the Royals inked Hideo Nomo to a minor-league contract.  Nomo was the first Japanese player to make a major MLB impact, bursting on the scene in 1995 as a 26 year-old and winning Rookie of the Year.  He missed the ’07 season due to surgery, and hasn’t pitched in the bigs since ’05.

Over a year ago, I attempted to compile a list of all Japanese players who’d come to the Majors.  I also included a spreadsheet ranking their contributions.  It needs some updating, but check it out.