NEW YORK – Former Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Hideo Nomo, who became the first Japanese player to be named on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, was not among those selected in one of the most celebrated induction classes in the history of the sport.
Nomo, 45, collected just six votes, or 1.1 percent, among the 36 candidates. He will not be eligible as a candidate next year as he was unable to get at least 5 percent of the vote.
Credited as a trailblazer for Japanese players in the majors, Nomo was among 19 newcomers on the ballot to be decided by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).
In 1995 when he was named Rookie of the Year with the Dodgers, Nomo posted 13 wins and led the National League with 236 strikeouts. He twice threw no-hitters and notched 123 victories during a 12-year career in the majors.
To be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, a player needs to receive 75 percent of the votes from BBWAA members.
Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time American League MVP Frank Thomas were the only three inducted in the class of 2014.
Maddux, who has 355 career victories, received the most votes with 555, or 97.2 percent of the ballot.