Norimoto: Olympics before MLB

Four-time Pacific League strikeout leader Takahiro Norimoto has been on major leaguer radars for years but now they are going to have to wait a little longer. With baseball in the Olympics for Tokyo 2020, and NPB — like other pro leagues in Asia — sending their best players, Norimoto is now putting a priority on playing for Japan in 2020 the Nikkan Sports reported Sunday.

MLB scouts I’ve spoken with have said they like the 1.78-meter Rakuten Eagles starter more as a reliever.

According to the report, Norimoto said he thought it would be amazing if in the future his daughter could bring her boyfriend to their home and show him an Olympic gold medal.



Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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