Kazuhito Tadano (多田野 数人)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
Kazuhito Tadano was a highly touted Japanese pitching prospect. However, his career in Japan was derailed when it became known that he appeared in a gay pornographic video, and no Japanese clubs drafted him. He finally signed with the Cleveland Indians and made a public apology for appearing in the video.
Japanese clubs later got over the incident, as the Nippon Ham Fighters took him in the first round of the 2008 NPB draft when his MLB career ended. He went 7-7 with a 4.78 ERA for the Fighters in 2008.
He was best known for having an eephus as his primary pitch which he used to confuse most hitters he faced.
In the 2002 World University Championship, Tadano fanned 10 and allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings, going 1-0. His 1.23 ERA proved to be the highest on a strong staff which included Daisuke Kato, Hiroshi Kisanuki, Takahiro Mahara and Tsuyoshi Wada.