Yu Darvish, Starting Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
Date of Birth: 8/16/1986
Birthplace: Habikimo, Japan
Yu Darvish, starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was a top player in Japan from 2005 through 2011. He started playing baseball as a child and he was already an accomplished player by the time he was in junior high school. He was a star player in high school and was wanted by US teams but he opted to play in Japan.
As a pitcher in Japan, Darvish won many awards, including the 2006 Asia Series MVP. He was the Pacific League's MVP in 2007 and 2009 and he won Gold Gloves in 2007 and 2008. He led the league in ERA in 2009 and 2010 and in strikeouts in 2007, 2010, and 2011.
In January, 2012, Darvish signed a six-year, $60 million contract with the Texas Rangers. In his first season with the team, he had a 16-9 win-loss record, 221 strikeouts to 89 walks, and a 3.90 ERA. He led the American League in strikeouts in 2013 with 277. He finished the season with a 13-9 record and a 2.83 ERA. In 2014, he had a 10-7 record, 182 strikeouts to 49 walks, and a 3.06 ERA in 144.1 innings in 22 games.
In March, 2015, it was decided that Darvish would have Tommy John surgery. As a result, he missed the entire 2015 season.
Darvish spent part of the 2016 season on the DL. He finished the season with a 3.41 ERA, 7 wins to 5 losses, and 132 strikeouts to 31 walks in 100.1 innings in 17 games. In the postseason, he pitched 5.0 innings in one game and he gave up 5 hits and 5 runs.
The Rangers traded Darvish to the Dodgers on July 31, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Darvish through 2016 include:
- 100 games played
- 645.2 innings pitched
- 46-30 win-loss record
- 812 strikeouts to 249 walks
- 3.29 ERA
In February, 2007, Darvish started the Yu Darvish Water Fund to aid developing countries. He donates 100,000 yen to the fund for each win he has.