First there was Fernando-mania during the 80's. Then in 1995, Hideo Nomo came over from Japan and took the league by storm with his unique "tornado" delivery.
That year he was the starting pitcher in the MLB All-Star game and also took home the 1995 National League Rookie of the Year Award.
He would go on to have an up and down career that was highlighted by two no-hitters... only the fourth pitcher in MLB history to pitch a no-hitter in both the American League and National League.
In twelve MLB seasons, he won 123 games and struck out 1,918 batters. Those statistics won't land him in Cooperstown, but there's no denying the fact that he made his mark on baseball.
His success attracted other Japanese baseball players like Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, and Yu Darvish to cross the Pacific and test out their skills against the best in the world.
Long live Nomo-mania!
Happy Monday and sayonara!