So what if he hadn't pitched since 2005?
So what if he's 39 years old?
So what if he had career-ending elbow surgery in 2006?
Dayton Moore stockpiles pitchers like I hide liquor around the house. Old, new, good, bad? It doesn't matter; the more booze, uh, I mean pitching, the better.
And Moore came right out and admitted it back in Spring Training. Nomo is here to help Yasuhiko Yabuta get acclimated to the majors.
I guess Pedro Cerrano wasn't available to help. Those All-State commercials probably pay better.
In any case, the experiment and wasted roster spot need to be forgotten.
His line so far: 4 IP, 13.50 ERA, 2.75 WHIP, 6 Runs, 7 Hits, 4 BB, and a .389 BAA.
That is bad.
Lima Time bad.
Darrel May bad.
Odalis Perez bad.
Chris Haney bad.
Allen McDill bad.
Jason Jacome bad.
Brad Rigby bad.
Runelvys Hern-- well, you probably get the idea.
The Royals have had more bad pitching than good pitching in recent years. Much more bad pitching than good. The ratio is astronomical, in fact.
I guess we can give Dayton a pass on this one, just maybe, since the staff has improved so much over the past couple of seasons. Hello legitimate Cy Young candidates Zack Greinke and Brian Bannister!
And I guess Allard Baird wouldn't have even gotten a "name" guy like Hideo Nomo. Though I wouldn't have minded seeing Mac Suzuki in a powder blue jersey and I'd be willing to bet he could manage a sub-10.00 ERA.
But the point is, the Royals are looking competitive this year, and there really is no reason to employ a guy like Nomo.
Sorry Nomo, but I'm hoping this whole ordeal ends with Moore acquiring "Anyone Else But You."
Go Royals! 156-6! You're the Best!