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  • Jeffrey Sams
    Supposedly the Cubs, Cardinals and a couple of AL teams might be interested. ... From: Bob Timmermann To: J-ball
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 25, 1999
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      Supposedly the Cubs, Cardinals and a couple of AL teams might be interested.
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Bob Timmermann <btimmer@...>
      To: J-ball <j-ball@egroups.com>
      Date: 1999”N3ŒŽ25“ú 15:40
      Subject: [j-ball] End of the line for Nomo?

      From the Associated Press
      FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Mets gave up on
                        right-hander Hideo Nomo by outrighting the one-time
      sensation to Class
                        AAA Norfolk on Wednesday night.
      
                        Nomo has 72 hours to decide whether to accept the
      assignment or declare
                        himself a free agent.
      
                        "It's a difficult decision because it involves a player of
      his stature and given
                        what he's done in his career," Mets general manager Steve
      Phillips said. "But
                        I've got to make a judgment in what I can do to have us
      win as many games
                        as we can, and this starts the process."
      
                        Nomo, 30, starred in Japan before joining the Los Angeles
      Dodgers in
                        1995. He won 45 games in Los Angeles, but struggled last
      season and was
                        traded to the Mets in June. He went 4-5 with a 4.82 ERA in
      17 games with
                        New York and was ineffective this spring, going 0-2 with a
      7.62 ERA in
                        four appearances.
      
                        "He said he understood our decision and acted very
      professionally," Phillips
                        said. "Of course, he doesn't show a lot of emotion
      anyway."
      
                        Nomo made his much-publicized debut in May 1995 and
      immediately
                        proved he could pitch well in any country. He won the NL
      rookie of the
                        year award, led the league with 236 strikeouts and limited
      opposing batters
                        to a .182 batting average.
      
                        In 1996 Nomo pitched a no-hitter Sept. 17 against Colorado
      and went
                        16-11 with a 3.19 ERA. He finished second in the league by
      holding the
                        opposition to a .216 batting average.
      
                        It was more of the same in 1997, when he recorded 233
      strikeouts. But he
                        appeared to lose his touch last season, going 2-7 with the
      Dodgers before
                        being dealt to New York in a four-player deal.
      
                        Phillips delivered the news to Nomo before the Mets
      arrived at the ballpark,
                        so Nomo was not available for comment.
      
      
      Bob Timmermann
      South Pasadena, CA
      

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