Yu Darvish had an excellent first season with the Texas Rangers, going 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 29 starts. By all accounts, Darvish made a successful transition to the Majors, and he should be a dominant force at the top of the Texas rotation for a long time. There are many chapters in the Darvish story that have yet to be written, though, which makes this news update so notable.
According to reports, Darvish, only 26, will be honored with a museum in southern Japan.
Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish is only 26 years old, but he apparently has accomplished enough in that short time to be immortalized in his homeland of Japan.
According to Japanese media reports, planning is underway for a Darvish museum in the Hyogo prefecture, in the southern part of the country. The tentative plan calls for a November opening.
Hyogo’s largest city is the port of Kobe, where Darvish has a home. The Orix Buffaloes, of the Japan Pacific League, are located in Kobe. Darvish spent seven seasons with the JPL’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, who are based in the northern city of Sapporo.
Good for Darvish. We are sure the Rangers are hoping that the museum will need to expand as his career progresses and he achieves success in the States.