44 Facts About Yu Darvish

1. In 2007, Yu Darvish posed for a series of racy photos in a Japanese women's magazine.

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2. Yu Darvish is one of three pitchers in MLB history to have a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the ninth inning on two separate occasions, according to ESPN.

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3. Yu Darvish lost two no hitters with two outs in the ninth inning in his time with the Rangers.

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4. Yu Darvish was once photographed smoking inside a pachinko parlor, a sort of small casino in Japan.

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5. On July 30, 2015, Yu Darvish announced on Twitter that his girlfriend, former world-champion wrestler Seiko Yamamoto, gave birth to their son on July 29.

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6. Yu Darvish pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic as the de facto ace of the Japanese national team, [9] starting the opening game against China on 5 March.

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7. Yu Darvish placed second in the Cy Young voting to the Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer.

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8. Yu Darvish was posted to Major League Baseball prior to the 2012 season, [6] and is currently represented by agents Don Nomura and Arn Tellem.

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9. Yu Darvish started the Fighters' season opener for the third straight year in 2009, taking the mound in the game against the Eagles on 3 April in much-hyped match-up with the reigning Sawamura Award winner and World Baseball Classic teammate Hisashi Iwakuma.

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10. In 2007, Yu Darvish led the Japan National team to a gold medal in the Asian Baseball Championship and then captured gold at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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11. Yu Darvish was a two-time Pacific league Most Valuable Player and led his Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters to two Pacific League pennant and three Japan Series before leaving his homeland to play in the Major Leagues.

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12. In 2015, Yu Darvish announced on Twitter that his then-girlfriend, Yamamoto, gave birth to their son.

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13. Yu Darvish is a Japanese professional baseball starting pitcher who is a free agent.

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14. Yu Darvish lost the final qualifier to Yoshida, who would become the first 55-kilogram Olympic gold medalist ever.

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15. Yu Darvish has thrown the ball for Japan in the Asian Baseball Championship of 2007 when the country won the Gold medal, 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the World Baseball Classic of 2009 when the country again won.

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16. Yu Darvish is a Japanese professional baseball player who has made a name for himself playing in the Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

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17. Yu Darvish pitched in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as the 2009 World Baseball Classic as a member of the Japanese national team.

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18. Yu Darvish is far from done and Hamels is set to return after the club picked up his 2019 option year.

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19. Yu Darvish has caused controversy in his neighborhood with requests to construct a six-foot high fence around the property and to acquire adjacent land owned by the City of Evanston.

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20. On July 30, 2015, Yu Darvish announced that his girlfriend, former world-champion wrestler Seiko Yamamoto, gave birth to their son on July 29.

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21. Yu Darvish was selected as the "GQ Man of the Year" in the February 2012 Japan issue.

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22. Yu Darvish pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic as the de facto ace of the Japanese national team, starting the opening game against China on 5 March.

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23. Yu Darvish played his first game with the Cubs on March 31, 2018, against the Miami Marlins.

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24. On February 13, 2018, Yu Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

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25. Yu Darvish began the 2016 season on the 15-day disabled list in an effort to continue recovery from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2015.

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26. Yu Darvish entered the All Star Game in the third inning to retire all three batters.

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27. On 11 June 2014 Yu Darvish threw his first complete game shutout against the Miami Marlins.

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28. On 27 May, Yu Darvish became the first player since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002 to have 100 strikeouts by Memorial Day.

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29. Yu Darvish was posted to Major League Baseball prior to the 2012 season, and is currently represented by agents Don Nomura and Arn Tellem.

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30. Yu Darvish would win his next eight starts and thirteen of his next fourteen decisions.

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31. On 6 January 2011 Yu Darvish agreed to a contract for the 2011 season that would make him the highest-paid player in Japan.

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32. On 18 October 2010, Yu Darvish posted on his blog that he would be returning to the Fighters for the 2011 season.

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33. Yu Darvish was interviewed by The Associated Press where he announced his plans to review his options at the end of the season.

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34. Yu Darvish struck out at least 10 hitters in each of his first five starts.

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35. On 9 December, Yu Darvish re-signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters for 330 million yen, up 60 million yen from 2009.

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36. Yu Darvish was presented his second Most Valuable Player and Best Nine awards at the end of the season.

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37. Yu Darvish was activated again just in time for the 2009 Japan Series against the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants, and he pitched Game 2 on 1 November.

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38. Yu Darvish started the Fighters' season opener for the third straight year in 2009, taking the mound against the Eagles on 3 April in a matchup with the reigning Sawamura Award winner and World Baseball Classic teammate Hisashi Iwakuma.

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39. On 1 December, Yu Darvish re-signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters for 270 million yen plus payment at piece rates, up 70 million yen from 2007.

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40. In 2008, Yu Darvish was named the Fighters' starter in the season opener for the second consecutive year, pitching a complete game shutout in that very game.

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41. On 22 December, Yu Darvish re-signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters for 200 million yen plus payment at piece rates, up 128 million yen from 2006.

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42. Yu Darvish made his national team debut in the 2007 Asian Baseball Championship against Chinese Taipei on 3 December 2007.

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43. Yu Darvish was chosen to take the hill for the first game of each of the Pacific League playoffs, Japan Series, and the 2006 Asia Series.

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44. Yu Darvish was scouted extensively by Major League teams, such as the then Anaheim Angels and Atlanta Braves, even while in junior high.

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