TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese right-handed pitcher Hideo Nomo, who won National League Rookie of the Year honours in 1995, on Thursday announced his retirement from baseball.
The 39-year-old Nomo, who pitched two no-hitters in the US Major Leagues, announced his decision on his website, saying only: "Retiring. July 17, 2008. I announced my retirement from my playing career."
He told Japanese media that while he wanted to keep playing, he could no longer pitch competitively.
"I want to continue, but I don't think I can deliver a professional-level performance anymore. I believe many clubs think the same way," Nomo told Kyodo News.
"I knew I had to make some kind of decision. I knew I had to let my fans know," he said.
Nomo never was one for many words, but his impact on the Dodgers—and baseball—is worthy of celebration.
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