Takahito Nomura (野村 貴仁, born January 10, 1969) is a former major league baseball player from Kōchi, Japan. He played on the Orix BlueWave, Yomiuri Giants, Nippon-Ham Fighters, and Milwaukee Brewers. Nomura recorded his name as "Takaki Nomura" from 2000 to 2003.
Nomura was one of the relief pitchers in the Pacific League during his early career, and his team won two championships (1995 and 1996) with his contributions from the bullpen. He was valued as a left-handed reliever, and was known for his wide curve. However, he was only effective for his first 7 seasons (1991–1997), and has gone downhill ever since.
Nomura was drafted in the third round of the 1990 draft by the Orix BlueWave. He pitched well as a reliever, and recorded a 0.98 ERA pitching in 37 games in 1995, greatly contributing to his team's championship that year. He pitched over 50 games in 1996 and 1997, occasionally making saves.
He was traded to the Yomiuri Giants in exchange for Masao Kida in 1998, but could not continue his previous success. He pitched in 40 games in 2001, but his pitching remained inconsistent, and was released after the season.
He joined the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002, pitching in 21 games, and becoming the first and, to date, only MLB player to wear number 95. He marked an 8.56 ERA, and was released again at the end of the season. He returned to Japan, signing with the Nippon-Ham Fighters, but only made 6 appearances. He joined the Macoto Cobras (a professional team in Taiwan) in 2004. He returned to his hometown, Kōchi, after retiring.
Nomura made headlines after retiring; in a bad way. On October 31, 2006, he was arrested on drug charges, and admitted that he had started using drugs during his professional career. He is also rumored to have received a warning from the police in 2005 for stalking a woman he had previously been in a relationship with.
Japanese Professional Leagues
- 344 Games
- 24 Wins
- 22 Losses
- 39 Saves
- 3.21 ERA
- 21 Games
- 0 Wins
- 0 Losses
- 8.56 ERA
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube