Nomo to Sign With Kansas City

Professional baseball teams almost completely shut down between Christmas and New Years, but now that the break over, clubs are starting to fine-tune their rosters. Former Dodger ace Hideo Nomo, will apparently sign with the Kansas City Royals it is reported. Another old friend, Jose Lima, will sign with the Kia Tigers in the Korean League.

Nomo won 43 games for the Dodgers over the period of 1995-97, then when called upon for a return engagement, won 16 in 2002 and another 16 in 2003. Over that period he struck out an even 1,200 opponents, earning 11th place on the all-time list.
 Strikeout totals
2696—Don Sutton
2486—Don Drysdale
2396—Sandy Koufax
1918—Dazzy Vance
1759—Fernando Valenzuela
1456—Orel Hershiser
1331-Johnny Podres
1312—Pedro Martinez
1292—Bob Welch
1217—Nap Rucker
1200—Hideo Nomo
He also set the all-time strikeout mark of 11.10 hitters per nine innings in 1995. In 1996 he fanned 9.22 (seventh) and in 1997 he nailed 10.13, goof for fifth place on the charts.

His 5.83 hits per nine innings in 1965 is second only to Sandy Koufax who gave up 5.79 in 1965. And Nomo allowed a 1.82 opponents average the same year, topped only by Koufax at .179, the all-time mark.

Nomo, 39, has pitched for the Mets, Brewers, Tigers, Red Sox and most recently for Tampa Bay in 2005.

Jose Lima will always be known as the winner of the only post season game since 1988 after shutting out the Cardinals in the third game of the NLCS. ?

?The Tigers are also looking to sign former Dodgers infielder Wilson Valdez. Former Dodger first baseman Choi Hee-seop is a member of the team.

In other action San Diego signed free agent Mike Megrew who was 5-5, 5.30 or Jacksonville in 2007. Stanke Honored--Cal Stanke was honored by his high school team when they retired his baseball jersey in ceremonies held January 5. Stanke had accepted a Division I baseball scholarship to attend the University of Evansville in Indiana before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to play the 2006 and 2007 seasons. At UW-Oshkosh, he compiled a 6-0 record with a 2.91 ERA during his 17 game Titan career. In 2006, Stanke was drafted by the Los Angles Dodgers baseball team and was assigned to Ogden, Utah in the Dodgers minor league system. Stanke's record in his first year as a professional was 2-7, 5.66 and included 41 strikeouts and 28 bases on balls in 49.1 innings pitched.