|Nomo's 2002 bobblehead|
A bobblehead of Hideo Nomo has been added to the Dodgers' 2013 promotional calendar, the club announced Tuesday.
The bobblehead of Nomo, the eighth in next season's series, will be available Aug. 10 in an Interleague game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The first 50,000 fans will receive one. Nomo is scheduled to attend and participate in a pregame ceremony.
Nomo was a trailblazer for the influx of Japanese stars that have followed him to the Major Leagues. He arrived in 1995, when he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award and was an All-Star. In seven seasons with the Dodgers, he was 81-66 with a 3.74 ERA and threw the 10th no-hitter in Los Angeles Dodgers history in 1996 at Coors Field. It was the last no-hitter thrown by a Dodger.
This will be the second Dodger Stadium bobblehead for Nomo (Aug. 24, 2002). Also scheduled for 2013 are bobbleheads for Hanley Ramirez on April 30 (vs. Colorado), Matt Kemp on May 14 (vs. Washington), Jaime Jarrin on May 25 (vs. St. Louis), Sandy Koufax on June 27 (vs. Philadelphia), Adrian Gonzalez on July 11 (vs. Colorado), Vin Scully on July 25 (vs. Cincinnati), a "flag saving" Rick Monday on Aug. 27 (vs. Chicago Cubs) and Magic Johnson on Sept. 12 (vs. San Francisco).
Giving Nomo a bobblehead caught me a little off guard. I honestly never expected this, but I really like the decision. It's been 11 years since Nomo's last bobble and I think he deserves a second. Last year Eric Karros got one and I think the other three 90's Rookie of the Year recipients deserve bobbles as well. Maybe Raul Mondesi, Todd Hollandsworth and Mike Piazza can get one in 2014.
To see Nomo's 2002 Dodger Stadium bobblehead, click here.