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Hideo Nomo
2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Hideo Nomo

The first table below presents Hideo Nomo's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Hideo Nomo
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1995LAN26
28
14.410.50.5782.6
3.9
12.310.70.5331.42.5
1996LAN27
33
15.514.60.5141.3
2.8
14.513.50.5171.32.7
1997LAN28
33
12.912.20.5141.0
2.4
13.213.90.4860.31.8
29
29
10.413.40.438-0.9
0.3
10.011.10.476-0.01.0
1999MIL30
28
11.411.90.4890.3
1.4
11.212.40.474-0.11.1
2000DET31
32
11.211.10.5010.2
1.4
11.612.30.486-0.11.1
2001BOS32
33
12.811.40.5301.0
2.4
12.912.10.5150.72.1
2002LAN33
34
14.612.60.5371.6
3.0
13.615.50.467-0.31.1
2003LAN34
33
14.413.50.5171.1
2.6
14.714.10.5111.02.5
2004LAN35
18
5.69.60.368-1.6
-0.8
4.88.10.369-1.4-0.7
2005TBA36
19
6.48.70.425-1.0
-0.2
5.97.80.431-0.8-0.1
2008KCA39
3
0.10.30.274-0.1
-0.1
0.20.70.251-0.2-0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
323
129.7129.80.5005.6
19.0
124.9132.30.4861.815.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
2
0.61.40.301 -0.20.61.00.366 -0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
325
130.3131.20.500
18.7
125.4133.30.486 15.0


Hideo Nomo was the first modern player to move from NPB (Japan) to the major leagues. Nomo did not make it to the major leagues until age 26. After three solid seasons to start his career, Nomo struggled for a few years, whether because of overwork in Japan or just because sometimes that's what happens, before making a bit of a comeback from ages 32 - 34. Even with the comeback, though, he was out of the major leagues at age 36, except for a brief 3-game comeback stint at age 39 (which is why he's appearing on his first Hall-of-Fame ballot this season instead of three years ago).

Because Nomo was late getting to the major leagues, his career totals may not be an accurate reflection of exactly how good he was. The next table shows the players most similar to Hideo Nomo in Player won-lost records from age 26 through 28.

Most Similar Players to Hideo Nomo, ages 26 to 28
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Hideo Nomo
94
42.837.44.9
9.0
39.938.23.07.0
David Cone
100
43.537.85.0
8.6
43.240.63.57.2
Freddy Antonio Garcia
101
40.633.94.2
8.4
40.136.22.97.1
Jordan Zimmermann
96
38.331.35.4
8.7
37.634.73.46.8
Jack Kralick
105
46.041.24.4
8.2
45.042.63.27.0
Hank Wyse
119
45.638.44.9
8.9
42.840.72.46.4
Jerry Koosman
88
37.931.34.7
7.9
38.035.92.66.0
Rick Sutcliffe
105
43.332.96.2
9.6
42.538.13.26.9
Rick Reuschel
115
48.042.94.6
8.5
48.445.33.77.7
Ed Figueroa
99
43.736.93.9
7.7
42.436.83.27.0
Bob Ojeda
104
37.429.64.8
8.0
34.329.53.36.2


That's a pretty solid set of pitchers. One Hall-of-Famer, a second member of the Hall of Merit, three Cy Young winners, and a World Series MVP. In fact, two of the three Cy Young winners won their Cy Young awards between the ages of 26 and 28. Obviously, we can never know how Hideo Nomo's career might have turned out if he debuted in the major leagues at age 21 instead of age 26. Perhaps it's enough to just appreciate the career that Nomo did have.

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