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Hideo Nomo | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (49) / 8/31/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Free agent Hideo Nomo announced his retirement on Thursday.
"I want to continue, but I don't think I can deliver a professional-level performance anymore. I believe many clubs think the same way," Nomo told Kyodo News. And he's right. Nomo finished 123-109, with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He threw two no-hitters and paved the way for the influx in Japanese talent over the past decade. Thu, Jul 17, 2008 12:54:00 PM

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Royals released RHP Hideo Nomo.

This should be the end of the line for Nomo, who allowed nine runs in 4 1/3 innings out of the Royals' bullpen this season and hasn't had an ERA below 7.00 since 2003.
Tue, Apr 29, 2008 03:01:00 PM

Royals designated RHP Hideo Nomo for assignment.

It would have been a nice story if Nomo could have made a successful comeback as a reliever, but the fastball wasn't there and the Royals should have known it after watching him this spring. He had an 18.69 ERA in 4 1/3 innings.
Sun, Apr 20, 2008 01:11:00 PM

Hideo Nomo was tagged for four runs in his inning of relief against the Mariners on Thursday.

OK, Joel Peralta has been eligible to return to the majors for several days now. This is one experiment that needs to come to a quick end. It sends a terrible message that the Royals would keep someone famous over someone who is actually effective.
Wed, Apr 16, 2008 12:20:00 AM

Hideo Nomo gave up two runs in three innings of relief against the Yankees in his first major league appearance since July 15, 2005.

Nomo managed to pitch scoreless seventh and eighth innings, but Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada took him deep in the ninth to expand the Yankees' lead from three to five runs. It's doubtful that Nomo is going to prove to be one of the Royals' seven-best relievers. Still, he'll probably get a few more chances to prove himself.
Fri, Apr 11, 2008 12:14:00 AM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Hideo Nomo from Advanced Rookie level Idaho Falls.

In their defense, the Royals couldn't call up Joel Peralta yet. Still, Nomo should have been well down on the list of possible callups. He just doesn't have enough left on his fastball to succeed in the majors. He probably won't last long.
Sat, Apr 5, 2008 01:21:00 PM

Hideo Nomo will miss the start of the year after pulling his groin against the Padres on Tuesday night.

Nomo wasn't expected to make the Royals anyway. Maybe he'll be called up if he has some nice outings in the minors, but the team will have better options.
Wed, Mar 26, 2008 06:29:00 PM

Royals manager Trey Hillman confirmed Sunday that Hideo Nomo won't be considered for a spot in the Opening Day rotation.

Nomo remains in the mix for a job as a middle reliever, but Hillman said Brett Tomko, John Bale, Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies and Jorge De La Rosa are ahead of him for the two open rotation spots.
Sun, Mar 16, 2008 03:02:00 PM

Hideo Nomo went the final three innings against the Brewers on Saturday and gave up five runs on seven hits.

Nomo struck out five and walked none, but he allowed a three-run homer and a pair of triples. He's now given up seven runs in nine innings this spring, so it's doubtful that he'll make the Royals.
Sat, Mar 15, 2008 08:01:00 PM

Hideo Nomo was removed after giving up two runs and four hits in three innings Monday against the Giants.

Nomo gave up four hits, three of them for extra-bases. The runs he allowed were his first in eight innings this spring, but his margin for error is pretty slim.
Mon, Mar 10, 2008 07:51:00 PM

Hideo Nomo completed three scoreless innings and struck out three in relief of Gil Meche against the Giants on Wednesday.

Nomo has ditched his usual windup and is working entirely out of the stretch right now. He's allowed an unearned run in five innings so far in his long shot bid to make the Royals.
Wed, Mar 5, 2008 06:03:00 PM

Hideo Nomo yielded an unearned run and three hits over two innings of relief against the Padres on Friday.

Nomo didn't seem to have a lot of his fastball, but he was more successful than most of the pitchers who worked in the 13-9 victory. He remains a long shot to make the Royals.
Fri, Feb 29, 2008 08:10:00 PM

Royals signed RHP Hideo Nomo to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

"He’s a pitcher who’s had a lot of success," Moore said. "He’s somebody we’re going to give an opportunity to compete for a job in spring training." After a month off, the 39-year-old Nomo gave up three earned runs and six hits over six innings in his last two appearances of the Venezuelan Winter League. Overall, he has a 6.59 ERA and a 7/7 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings as he tries to work his way back from elbow surgery. He'll be a big long shot to make the team.
Fri, Jan 4, 2008 03:04:00 AM

Free agent Hideo Nomo, continuing his comeback from elbow surgery, gave up four runs while getting just one out for Caracas of the VWL on Thursday.

Nomo was making his second appearance after pitching a scoreless inning Saturday. He allowed four hits and a walk before exiting last night's game.
Fri, Oct 26, 2007 02:33:00 PM

Free agent Hideo Nomo pitched a scoreless inning Saturday in his debut for Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League.

Nomo is attempting a comeback from elbow surgery and hopes to return to the majors next year at age 39. He hasn't been a quality major leaguer since 2003, so he'll be a long shot to earn a rotation spot in spring training.
Sun, Oct 21, 2007 02:59:00 PM

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