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Hideo Nomo appears in TV commercials for air conditioners

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Former major league baseball player Hideo Nomo, 40, is appearing in a TV commercial for Fujitsu General's air conditioner series “nocria.”

The new TV commercial, which started airing on Saturday, features Nomo as a man who teaches baseball to a boy. Nomo demonstrates his “tornado” pitching style as well.

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It's about time he made a commercial!

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It's about time he made a commercial!

and he rightfully deserves to.

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i might be mistaken... but i was pretty sure that i saw him in a commercial in the 90s...

Moderator: The story has been amended.

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Didn't he used to do coffee CMs?

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During the Nomomania days he was in all kinds of commercials.

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Nomo was an outstanding pitcher but is not exactly Mr. Congeniality. He has a standoffish quality that makes him less appealing. Apparently he mastered the game of baseball but not the game of life. I wonder if he has the communications skills to really be a coach, or a team manager, and not just play one in a commercial?

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Nomo was an outstanding pitcher but is not exactly Mr. Congeniality. He has a standoffish quality that makes him less appealing.

As I recall, the Japanese sports media totally dissed Nomo for leaving Japan and going to the MLB. I'd be unfriendly to them too.

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I just wish he showed a bit of expression in his face. You can never tell when he's won or lost a match. And his and Matsuzaka's face are looker more and more alike.

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Pukey - You're right. Nomo's probably a fan of Keanu Reeves and imitates his facial expressions, ha ha ha!

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He was in TV commercials years ago.

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The tornado pitching style is a world famous meme, crossing langauges and generations. All you need to do is demonstrate it and people know exactly who your talking about.

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His pitching cooled down as much as the AC he's promoting

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I didn't realize he was so down on his luck. Hope the money from this commercial will put some food on the table.

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"As I recall, the Japanese sports media totally dissed Nomo for leaving Japan and going to the MLB. I'd be unfriendly to them too."

As I recall Nomo fired the first shot by making a comment in the US media about Japanese baseball being substandard compared to American MLB.

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How did he do in the MLB?

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Started out well with the Dodgers (2.5 ERA), then began to fizzle out with the 8 or 9 other teams that picked him up afterwards.

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I have met Nomo. He is a nice guy.

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2 no hitters should get him into the hall of fame. He was the hottest pitcher in his fisrt year and helped the Dodgers to the playoffs. Lesson there for Ichiro.

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Nomo was initially reviled for "jumping" to the majors. His grandmother was shown on TV tut-tutting his 'betrayal'. THEN, when he began to win, all Japan praised him. Get your facts straight. And he ain't broke. He probably got a cool million bucks for that ad.

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I heard he was a part/full owner of a minor league team in the U.S. Sounds like he's not hurting financially. I'm sure he's smart enough to have invested his hard-earned and well-deserved cash when he was at the top of his profession. Still the commercial for an AC? Well, there are times when you go where the money is, no?

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I saw the commerical, he should have held on to his day job!

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