Yu Darvish (Japanese: ダルビッシュ 有, Hepburn: Darubisshu Yū, born August 16, 1986) is a Japanese starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Darvish pitched in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as the 2009 World Baseball Classic as a member of the Japanese national team.
He was considered by many to be the best pitcher in Japanese professional baseball prior to his arrival in Major League Baseball in 2012. In his first MLB season, Darvish finished third in the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year balloting. The next season, he finished second in the AL Cy Young Award vote as he led the Major Leagues in strikeouts with 277 and finished fourth in the AL in earned run average (ERA) at 2.83. On April 6, 2014, Darvish reached the 500 strikeout mark in fewer innings pitched than any pitcher in MLB history.
By Dean Hanley
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