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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
12 1976.3 123 109 0 1918 4.24 21.8
Birth Date8-31-1968
Height6' 2"
Weight210 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1995 LAN 26 28 28 191.3 191.3 0.0 13 6 0 0 18 1 780 124 63 54 14 195 78 76 5 236 2.54 2.85 3.27 38.4 3.4
1996 LAN 27 33 33 228.3 228.3 0.0 16 11 0 0 24 3 932 180 93 81 23 284 85 79 2 234 3.19 3.50 3.66 37.2 3.3
1997 LAN 28 33 33 207.3 207.3 0.0 14 12 0 0 18 1 904 193 104 98 23 318 92 90 9 233 4.25 3.73 3.77 40.1 3.4
1998 LAN 29 12 12 67.7 67.7 0.0 2 7 0 0 7 0 295 57 39 38 8 94 38 38 3 73 5.05 4.26 4.88 3.1 0.1
1998 NYN 29 17 16 89.7 85.7 4.0 4 5 0 0 6 0 392 73 49 48 11 120 56 54 1 94 4.82 4.47 4.73 11.4 1.1
1999 MIL 30 28 28 176.3 176.3 0.0 12 8 0 0 17 2 767 173 96 89 27 298 78 76 3 161 4.54 4.62 4.69 32.2 2.8
2000 DET 31 32 31 190.0 189.0 1.0 8 12 0 0 17 2 828 191 102 100 31 328 89 88 3 181 4.74 4.89 4.95 23.9 2.2
2001 BOS 32 33 33 198.0 198.0 0.0 13 10 0 0 16 4 849 171 105 99 26 290 96 94 3 220 4.50 4.08 4.39 31.3 3.0
2002 LAN 33 34 34 220.3 220.3 0.0 16 6 0 0 25 1 926 189 92 83 26 315 101 96 2 193 3.39 4.06 4.28 14.1 1.0
2003 LAN 34 33 33 218.3 218.3 0.0 16 13 0 0 20 2 897 175 82 75 24 280 98 92 1 177 3.09 4.14 4.13 18.1 1.8
2004 LAN 35 18 18 84.0 84.0 0.0 4 11 0 0 4 0 393 105 77 77 19 184 42 41 4 54 8.25 6.25 6.43 -6.0 -0.5
2005 TBA 36 19 19 100.7 100.7 0.0 5 8 0 0 5 0 472 127 82 81 16 206 51 49 2 59 7.24 5.53 5.40 3.9 0.5
2008 KCA 39 3 0 4.3 0.0 4.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 10 9 9 3 22 4 4 0 3 18.69 13.55 13.43 -4.0 -0.4
Career3233181976.31967.09.312310900177168462176899393225129349088773819184.244.204.38243.921.8

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1994 OSA npb 17 17 114.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 LAN MLB 28 28 191.3 3.27 124 .211 .259 .322 .403 .252 .247 93 41.7 4.1 38.4 3.4
1995 BAK A+ 1 1 5.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 LAN MLB 33 33 228.3 3.66 114 .228 .266 .331 .414 .254 .267 90 38.6 3.7 37.2 3.3
1997 LAN MLB 33 33 207.3 3.77 113 .259 .262 .329 .407 .255 .311 94 37.8 3.7 40.1 3.4
1998 LAN MLB 12 12 67.7 4.88 85 .254 .258 .328 .396 .252 .283 92 3.3 0.3 3.1 0.1
1998 NYN MLB 17 16 89.7 4.73 93 .254 .263 .327 .411 .257 .270 96 9.0 0.9 11.4 1.1
1999 MIL MLB 28 28 176.3 4.69 105 .255 .267 .337 .429 .259 .293 99 28.0 2.6 32.2 2.8
1999 HUN AA 1 1 7.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 IOW AAA 3 3 17.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DET MLB 32 31 190.0 4.95 101 .260 .275 .348 .449 .266 .305 93 24.7 2.3 23.9 2.2
2001 BOS MLB 33 33 198.0 4.39 107 .251 .265 .330 .422 .260 .288 97 30.4 3.0 31.3 3.0
2002 LAN MLB 34 34 220.3 4.28 96 .259 .263 .328 .414 .259 .270 91 15.7 1.6 14.1 1.0
2003 LAN MLB 33 33 218.3 4.13 100 .249 .259 .324 .409 .255 .253 89 17.7 1.8 18.1 1.8
2004 LAN MLB 18 18 84.0 6.43 60 .314 .265 .329 .417 .255 .314 98 -4.4 -0.4 -6.0 -0.5
2004 LVG AAA 4 4 17.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TBA MLB 19 19 100.7 5.40 87 .310 .269 .332 .424 .265 .323 101 5.5 0.6 3.9 0.5
2005 COH AAA 7 7 37.3 4.28 107 .246 .263 .336 .422 .259 .287 94 5.0 0.5 5.0 0.5
2006 CHR AAA 1 1 3.2 5.32 81 .249 .254 .335 .373 .251 .222 102 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 CAR Wnt 7 7 13.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 KCA MLB 3 0 4.3 13.43 -90 .501 .268 .330 .395 .255 .412 98 -4.0 -0.4 -4.0 -0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1994 OSA npb 8 7 0 17 17 114.0 96 86 126 9 0% .000 7.6 6.8 0.7 9.9 1.60 0.00 0.0 0.0
1995 LAN MLB 13 6 0 28 28 191.3 124 78 236 14 43% .247 5.8 3.7 0.7 11.1 1.06 2.54 38.4 3.4
1995 BAK A+ 0 1 0 1 1 5.3 6 1 6 0 0% .000 10.2 1.7 0.0 10.2 1.32 3.40 0.0 0.0
1996 LAN MLB 16 11 0 33 33 228.3 180 85 234 23 42% .267 7.1 3.4 0.9 9.2 1.16 3.19 37.2 3.3
1997 LAN MLB 14 12 0 33 33 207.3 193 92 233 23 43% .311 8.4 4.0 1.0 10.1 1.37 4.25 40.1 3.4
1998 NYN MLB 4 5 0 17 16 89.7 73 56 94 11 42% .270 7.3 5.6 1.1 9.4 1.44 4.82 11.4 1.1
1998 LAN MLB 2 7 0 12 12 67.7 57 38 73 8 43% .283 7.6 5.1 1.1 9.7 1.40 5.05 3.1 0.1
1999 MIL MLB 12 8 0 28 28 176.3 173 78 161 27 37% .293 8.8 4.0 1.4 8.2 1.42 4.54 32.2 2.8
1999 IOW AAA 1 1 0 3 3 17.0 12 12 18 1 0% .000 6.4 6.4 0.5 9.5 1.41 3.71 0.0 0.0
1999 HUN AA 1 0 0 1 1 7.0 5 1 7 0 0% .000 6.4 1.3 0.0 9.0 0.86 0.00 0.0 0.0
2000 DET MLB 8 12 0 32 31 190.0 191 89 181 31 43% .305 9.0 4.2 1.5 8.6 1.47 4.74 23.9 2.2
2001 BOS MLB 13 10 0 33 33 198.0 171 96 220 26 48% .288 7.8 4.4 1.2 10.0 1.35 4.50 31.3 3.0
2002 LAN MLB 16 6 0 34 34 220.3 189 101 193 26 46% .270 7.7 4.1 1.1 7.9 1.32 3.39 14.1 1.0
2003 LAN MLB 16 13 0 33 33 218.3 175 98 177 24 43% .253 7.2 4.0 1.0 7.3 1.25 3.09 18.1 1.8
2004 LVG AAA 1 1 0 4 4 17.3 22 8 25 4 0% .429 11.4 4.2 2.1 13.0 1.73 5.72 0.0 0.0
2004 LAN MLB 4 11 0 18 18 84.0 105 42 54 19 30% .314 11.2 4.5 2.0 5.8 1.75 8.25 -6.0 -0.5
2005 TBA MLB 5 8 0 19 19 100.7 127 51 59 16 32% .323 11.4 4.6 1.4 5.3 1.77 7.24 3.9 0.5
2005 COH AAA 2 3 0 7 7 37.3 30 22 41 1 38% .287 7.2 5.3 0.2 9.9 1.39 3.62 5.0 0.5
2006 CHR AAA 0 0 0 1 1 3.2 2 2 3 0 44% .222 5.6 5.6 0.0 8.4 1.25 2.81 0.0 0.0
2007 CAR Wnt 0 2 0 7 7 13.7 18 7 7 2 0% .314 11.8 4.6 1.3 4.6 1.82 6.57 0.0 0.0
2008 KCA MLB 0 0 0 3 0 4.3 10 4 3 3 40% .412 20.8 8.3 6.2 6.2 3.23 18.69 -4.0 -0.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 110 0.4636 0.4000 0.7727 0.5686 0.2542 0.9310 0.4667 0.2273
Career1100.46360.40.77270.56860.25420.9310.46670.2273

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2006-04-21 2006-06-07 Minors 47 0 Not Disclosed -
2004-07-01 2004-09-01 60-DL 62 56 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff Tendinitis -
2004-05-20 2004-06-08 15-DL 19 16 Right Fingers Tear Index Finger Nail -
2003-09-02 2003-09-14 DTD 12 11 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff Tendinitis - -
2000-07-30 2000-08-18 15-DL 19 17 Right Hand Strain - -
1997-10-07 1997-10-07 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Calcium Deposits 1997-10-07 -
1997-07-26 1997-07-26 DTD 0 0 Right Elbow Contusion Batted Ball - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 TBA $800,000
2004 LAN $9,000,000
2003 LAN $7,750,000
2002 LAN $4,500,000
2001 BOS $4,500,000
2000 DET $1,250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$27,800,000
6 yrTotal$27,800,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 72 dDon Nomura1 yr/$0.6M (08)

Details
  • released 4/29/08
  • designated for assignment 4/20/08 contract purchased 4/5/08 signed as a free agent from CHW 1/4/08 (minor-league contract)
  • released 7/06 signed as a free agent from NYY 3/06 (minor-league contract)
  • claimed off waivers from TB 7/05 (minor-league contract) released 7/05 designated for assignment 7/05 signed as a free agent from LA 1/05, 1 year/$0.8M (05) (minor-league contract), 1 year/$0.8M (if on major league ros)
  • 2 year/$13.75M (02-03)+$8M 04 club option
  • 1M signing bonus
  • 02:$4M, 03:$7.25M+$8M 04 option vesting on innings pitched $1.5M buyout
  • 01:1 year/$4.5M

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
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Diagnostics

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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2003 A far cry from the rookie flash of eight years ago, Nomo has become a durable, reliable starter who keeps his team in ballgames. When he’s right, his splitter still gives hitters fits. Having lost a few miles off his fastball, he’s learned to spot it away from trouble. This is the guy a pennant contender signs when it needs an effective innings muncher to back up a pair of aces and a great offense. That the Dodgers had neither last year wasn’t Nomo’s fault. A batch of unearned runs and a walk total rivaling a July temperature reading in Riverside make an ERA near four a good bet this year, even in pitcher heaven.
2002 Nomo was the perfect free agent for Boston this year. The Sox missed out on Mike Mussina, the year’s only premier pitching free agent willing to pitch in the AL, so rather than throw money at Kevin Appier or Denny Neagle, they went bargain hunting and landed the eventual AL strikeout leader. That said, Nomo was a fool to turn down the Sox’ three-year offer; the team is better off hitting the bargain bins again than overpaying for three more years of this.
2001 Hideo Nomo tailed Phil Garner’s Mayflower van out of Suds City all the way to Detroit. The combination of decreased movement and command has reduced “The Tornado” to more of a Midwest dust devil, though he was still the team’s second-best starter. He can help the Red Sox, his new team, as an innings-munching fourth starter, and he's relatively low-priced.
2000 It was a nice comeback, but this Nomo is more of a finesse pitcher. His forkball doesn't move as much, and some people think he tips his curve. The Cubs and Indians weren't sold on him because his velocity was down at the beginning of the year. By midsummer, he was back in the low 90s. The lesson is that when a third starter drops into your lap, you don't start making excuses for Dwight Gooden or Scott Sanders. Not all of the Brewers' problems controlling the running game were Dave Nilsson's fault: Nomo allowed 41 steals while he was on the mound, and no catcher can make that sort of thing go away.
1999 Deteriorated to the point where the Mets felt he wasn't worth using for most of their September stretch run. His mechanics are officially a toxic Superfund site, leading to a loss of control that explains much of his ineffectiveness. He'll never get his '95-96 form back, but he can easily be an above-average starter given the right pitching coach.
1998 The league seems to have caught up with him, according to some. I don’t think so. I think he simply got tired. Nomo gave up 11 home runs in the first four months, then 12 in the last two, posting an ERA in the 5.00 area for his last 10 starts. He’s been worked pretty hard, and despite his strong legs, perhaps he’s been overextended. I still really like his future because of his motion—it apparently puts very little stress on his arm. A better than league average pitcher who can take the mound every five days.
1997 A very fine pitcher, and responsible for shutting me up about the caliber of play in Japan, for which many are eternally grateful. I’m beginning to wonder about the caliber of play in Detroit, though. You know about Nomo; takes forever to release the ball, and baserunners can actually trot to the next bag. I’d have loved to see Eric Davis in his prime against this guy. He’d go 1 for 9 with about five walks per series, and might not even stop at second base when he stole it. Just make the turn and go to third.
1996  So much has been said already that the only addition should be to point out that for entertainment value, baseball could use more big windups. He's almost a one-pitch pitcher, but what he can do with his forkball is more than most pitchers can do with an assortment.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-11-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In laymen’s terms could you explain why teams must bid for the right to the negotiate with foreign players...examples: Matsuzaka & Ryu Hyun-Jin.
(Cristian from Los Angeles)
Cristian, this is basically a rule that was put in place to make sure that major-league teams wouldn't extract talent in droves from the Asian leagues. The draft in Japan, for example, ties players selected to their team for a certain number of years, and the only way they can jump across the Pacific is through the posting process (keep an eye on the Shohei Otani case this offseason). The process itself was developed as a solution to the Hideo Nomo problem, which originated when Nomo was effectively able to ditch his career in Japan by retiring from Nippon Professional Baseball and signing with the Dodgers. It's certainly not a perfect solution, but it does enable Asian teams to get compensation for their players, similar to what's done in professional soccer. (Daniel Rathman)
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keeping with a Japanese import theme, who are the 5 greatest Japanese MLBers of all time?
(Paul from DC)
Ichiro Suzuki is the clear #1. For #2, I'd go Hideo Nomo, with Hideki Matsui #3. The falloff after that is steep; I'll argue for Hiroki Kuroda as #4 and Takashi Saito #5 based upon peak performance and for not disappointing relative to expectations. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)To switch things up, is Yu Darvish going to change the luck of Japanese pitchers in MLB? It seems that Hideo Nomo and Seattle's duo were the last good japanese pitchers in the majors. Dice-K has been good, at times, but his shape(round is a shape) and ailments have made him shadow of pitcher that he was in the NPB. Has he even lived up to the 100 or so MIL that Boston spent in posting fees and his contract?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
I'm not a Japanese league expert. I think Dice-K's big problem has been health and part of that is probably tied to conditioning. Health is the biggest risk with any pitcher signing; it's not limited to Japanese pitchers. My understanding is that Darvish is basically done developing (and still just 23), so he might have the best chance of any Japanese pitcher so far. Whether he WANTS to play in the U.S. is a separate question. (Tommy Bennett)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hideo Nomo has apparently retired. Favorite Nomo story?
(R.J. from Beyond the Boxscore)
Hey there R.J., how goes it? For me, his no hitter with the Red Sox, but you could have probably guessed that if you know me. That and his first All-Star game appearance are the moments that stick out. Oh, and the hours spent mimicking his motion playing wiffle ball. (Marc Normandin)


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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Hideo Nomo threw 110 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2008, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2008, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (86mph) and Splitter (76mph), also mixing in a Slider (82mph).