Hideo Nomo

With all the hype surrounding Masahiro Tanaka Hideo Nomo’s name caught my ear when someone used him in a comparison.  I don’t recall Hideo Nomo making any of my lists here so far so I looked him up.  Since he started in 1995 my Japanese league data doesn’t go that far back.  Searches here for Japan prospects involved players in Japanese league no later than 1998.  As mentioned in the Japanese batters post, batters have had much more difficulties transferring from Japan to MLB than pitchers.  So I was intrigued to bring up his numbers and see his career trends.

The table below shows pertinent career numbers for Hideo Nomo according to this data model with his best two years highlighted blue.

Hideo Nomo Career

Year WAA IP ERA G W L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
1995 8.8 191.3 2.54 28 13 6 Hideo_Nomo_LAN PITCH
1996 7.6 228.3 3.19 33 16 11 Hideo_Nomo_LAN PITCH
1997 0.5 207.3 4.25 33 14 12 Hideo_Nomo_LAN PITCH
1998 -1.0 67.7 5.05 12 2 7 Hideo_Nomo_LAN PITCH
1998 -0.9 89.7 4.82 17 4 5 Hideo_Nomo_NYN PITCH
1999 0.7 176.3 4.54 28 12 8 Hideo_Nomo_MIL PITCH
2000 0.1 190.0 4.74 32 8 12 Hideo_Nomo_DET PITCH
2001 -0.5 198.0 4.50 33 13 10 Hideo_Nomo_BOS PITCH
2002 4.5 220.3 3.39 34 16 6 Hideo_Nomo_LAN PITCH
2003 6.8 218.3 3.09 33 16 13 Hideo_Nomo_LAN PITCH
2004 -7.8 84.0 8.25 18 4 11 Hideo_Nomo_LAN PITCH
2005 -7.1 100.7 7.24 19 5 8 Hideo_Nomo_TBA PITCH
2006 0.1 3.0 3.00 1 0 0 Hideo_Nomo_Charlotte_Knights_CHA_int PITCH
2008 -1.5 4.3 18.69 3 0 0 Hideo_Nomo_KCA PITCH

Career WAA Value = 10.2

A very volatile year to year overall above average pitcher.  2004 and 2005 are as bad a pitcher can be.  Something happened to him between the years 2003 and 2004.