Nomo: No Less Than A Pioneer

Justin July 18, 2008 2

Hideo Nomo quietly retired yesterday after a 12 year career spent pitching for 7 teams.  His career record was 123-109. His impact was much greater.

What would have happened if Nomo bombed in his first season with the Dodgers?  That would have likely spelled the end of baseball’s interest in Japan. No Ichiro, no Hideki Matsui, no fukodome is my homey, and no stories about Kaz Matsui and his anal fissures.

It also probably would have closed the door to Asia completely. So, say goodbye to Chien Ming Wang.   And while you’re at it, say goodbye to the World Baseball Classic.

And most importantly, say goodbye to the influx of billions of dollars which have helped small market teams reach semi-parity with the Yankees and the Red Sox.

Hideo Nomo was Rookie of the year in 1995, and threw 2 no hitters. But it’s his impact on the greater issues facing the game which will be his ultimate legacy.  He’s the Curt Flood of the new Millenium.


  1. California Correspondent July 18, 2008 at 6:19 pm -

    Hideo Nomo retires into obscurity, as will those who followed. You really think Matsui or Fukudome will be household names in 20 years?

  2. King Ing July 18, 2008 at 8:54 pm -

    Of course not household names. Then again how many baseball players are household names 20 years down the road. But to baseball fans, people will remember Ichiro and Matsui. I haven’t forgotten about Irabu and it has been about 10 years

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