[this is the eleventh installment in the double dippers posts. here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daal, eric young, nick willhite, chris gwynn, mickey hatcher, dave anderson, don zimmer, rafael landestoy, and dave hansen.]
hideo nomo burst on the scene with the dodgers in 1995, and quickly became the king of insert and subset sets, like this 1997 donruss dominators card.
in june of 1998, sporting a 2-7 record and an era of over 5.00, the dodgers parted ways with nomo, sending him to the mets.
as a brewer, nomo won 12 games, although he didn't necessarily pitch better than he had in the previous season. for the first time in his career, he had no complete games and he struck out batters at a rate of less than one per inning. his era was 4.54 and his whip was over 1.40. after the season ended, the phillies claimed him, but released him the next day. i don't recall what that was all about.
at any rate, detroit signed him to a deal for the 2000 season, and he wound up making 31 starts in motown that season, including opening day. he was featured as a tiger on his 2001 topps card:
nomo's return to the dodgers began well - he won 16 games in both 2002 and 2003, and his era was well below 4 in each of those seasons. the wheels came off in 2004, however, as he struggled all year. he finished the season having made 18 starts (he missed all of july and august) and had a record of 4-11 with an era of 8.25. to no one's surprise, the dodgers released him after the season ended.
nomo finished his career with stops in tampa and kansas city, although he also spent some time in the yankees and white sox organizations in between.
in all, the dodgers missed out on 37 wins and 656 strikeouts while nomo was away. as a dodger, he won 81 games and struck out exactly 1200 batters. this means, that all things being equal, had nomo remained with the dodgers and pitched the same as he did for the mets, brewers, tigers and red sox, he would be 16th all-time in wins (just ahead of bob welch) instead of 27th and 5th (ahead of fernando valenzuela) instead of 11th in strikeouts.
here's to you hideo nomo, double dipper!