Pioneering Pan-Pacific Pitcher Nomo Says No Mo’

Hideo Nomo is saying sayonara to the summer game, as one of the first Japanese stars of Major League Baseball has announced his retirement.

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ESPN hears from Nomo’s agent Don Nomura that his client finally called it quits on Thursday, as the 39-year-old hurler has been teamless since the Kansas City Royals cut him last April.

Guys like Ichiro, Dice-K and Hideki Matsui all have Nomo to thank for their successful (and profitable) careers in America, since Hideo helped pave the way for Japanese players to compete in the States. Read more…