Hideo Nomo was a trailblazer and an inspiration to Japanese players who dreamed of playing in the U.S. major leagues, former teammates and opponents said a day after the pitcher retired.
Hideo Nomo, who pitched a pair of no-hitters and led a rush of Japanese players to the major leagues, is finished. Nomo announced his retirement Thursday, agent Don Nomura said.
The Royals released Hideo Nomo, probably ending the Japanese right-hander's big-league career.
The Kansas City Royals designated Hideo Nomo for assignment to make room for callup Luke Hochevar.
Hideo Nomo took another step toward returning the major leagues when Kansas City purchased the right-hander's contract from its Idaho Falls club on Saturday.
Royals 15, Giants 6
Hideo Nomo is getting another shot at pitching in America. The trailblazing Japanese right-hander signed a minor-league deal with the Kansas City Royals that includes an invitation to spring training next month.
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