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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 288 of 981 players
Nomo
Hideo Nomo
Born: August 31, 1968 at Osaka, Japan
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 210

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First Mets game: June 9, 1998
Last Mets game: September 27, 1998





Winner of National League Rookie of the Year award, 1995. (Los Angeles Dodgers)

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HERE IS WHAT OTHER METS FANS HAVE TO SAY:

mr. robato
I will always remember Hideous Nomo walking the opposing pither during an interleague game against the Orioles. And he did it on 4 pitches. It just about summed up his tenure with the Mets.

Joe
April 21, 2001
It is amazing another Met pitches a no-hitter after they have left the Mets.

Coach HoJo 20
April 24, 2001
One of the many disappointments in this great franchise

Kooz
May 23, 2001
Naturally pitches the no-no AFTER he leaves the Metsies. One of the biggest sourpusses I've ever seen. Smiled less than McReynolds.

murphy
July 23, 2001
Nomo bailed out of his last start of the year in Atlanta with the Mets needing a victory to reach the postseason. This gutless punk wanted nothing to do with that start. I'll always hate him for that.

Bo
July 30, 2001
My memories of Nomo are not so much as a pitcher, but as an entertainer. Much of pitching consists of a mundane high 80s sinking fastballs mixed with one or two off-speed pitches. All this generated from a conventional pitching motion. Nomo, despite the conventionality Japanese baseball, brought excitement to the game. His wirlwind delivery generated excitement the way Luis Tiant did in his prime. Besides his delivery, his ability to get strikeouts generate excellent. The multiply strikeout game is one the most exciting parts of the game. And Nome did this frequently. In my mind, I can see Nomo striking out a batter on a high fastball. Hail Hideo Nomo.

Mister Metropolitan
November 10, 2001
That is a rare photo- Nomo's only smile with the Mets.

Mr. Met2218
December 4, 2001
When they first aquired Nomo I was excited because I thought he would have a resurgence on the Mets. Too bad it didn't work out. Even though he never seemed content I always liked him for some reason, I wouldn't mind reaquiring him if the right situation occurred.

Ichiro51
January 22, 2002
Nomo is a decent pitcher, he'll end his ML career with ERA around 4 and always do what he's at best by strike out 10 batters per 9 inning

BluesDuke
July 24, 2003
To the poster above who dismissed Hideo Nomo as a "gutless punk" for asking out of that start against the Braves down the stretch. You might care to remember that Nomo had actually said he wasn't worthy of pitching a game that important (you have to consider Nomo's native culture, and its premiums upon honour and worthiness thereupon, to comprehend where he was coming from with that), pointing perhaps to his 6-12 record on the season to date. That isn't even close to begging off for a lack of fortitude. If there has been one thing for which Nomo's career has stood to date, it IS fortitude. I've had the pleasure of watching him since his return to Los Angeles (I live south of L.A. now) and this guy defines "horse".

As a Met fan since the day they were born, I wish to God he'd done better in Met fatigues. (For that matter, I wish to God someone with brains on those Mets had buttonholed him and pointed out the slight hitch that had developed in his delivery that made it difficult to nail his slider - he had a slightly different push-step, I thought, which took enough off the slider to make him hittable, and no one seemed to catch it until he hit Boston and, subsequently, went home to the Dodgers. Live and learn.) But none dare call him a gutless punk in my presence. Right now, Hideo Nomo is one of the most underrated pitchers in the business, and has been since he returned to Dodger Stadium. Don't count him out.

Ramon Epstein
September 3, 2003
By the time Nomo started playing for NY, many thought his career was already done for. I don't think his problems started or ended around that time. I just remember that in 1995 he dazzled everyone with the Dodgers. It was called Nomomania, which was a redux of the famous rookie pitcher craze that was Fernandomania (for 1981 ROY Fernando Valenzuela). Hideo Nomo was the first big Japanese player in the MLB, at least as far as I know. I always thought he was Cy Young material, but for about 5 seasons who could do no right, and was bounced around to Milwaukee, Boston, and points in between. I'm still relieved that he's having success somewhere. At one point it looked like he was readying himself to leave baseball.

murphy
October 10, 2003
"You might care to remember that Nomo had actually said he wasn't worthy of pitching a game that important"

That to me is the definition of GUTLESS, no matter what the person's culture. Nomo was garbage in a Mets uniform, period. He backed out of a start with a postseason berth on the line. GUTLESS PUNK HE IS!

Maxwell Kates
June 22, 2004
My most vivid memory of Hideo Nomo had nothing to do with his pitching. It had to do with a placard a guy brought with to the stadium which he held when Hideo was in a jam.

HIT THE ROAD HIDEO AND DON'T YOU COME BACK NOMO NOMO NOMO NOMO

You have one guess as to what Ray Charles song they played on the public address when Nomo was sent to the showers.

DailySkew
December 11, 2008
I thought he'd be ace-material his whole career, like I think Dice-K will be.









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