Shin Nakagomi (中込伸)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 231 lb.
Nakagomi was a first-round pick of the Hanshin Tigers in 1988. He debuted in 1990, going 0-2 with a 8.74 ERA; in 11 1/3 innings, he allowed 19 hits (5 of them home runs). In 1991, he improved to 1-4, 4.29. The next year, Shin went 9-8 with a 2.42 ERA. He made the Central League All-Star team for the only time. The young right-hander finished second in the league in ERA behind Koki Morita.
Nakagomi faded to 8-13, 3.71 in 1993 then missed two years due to a right shoulder injury. He returned to go 0-4, 6.61 in 1996. In 1997, the Yamanishi native was 7-7 with a 3.09 ERA as Hanshin's #2 starter.
Nakagomi struggled in 1998 with a 8-13, 4.78 record, allowing 181 hits in 143 innings. He led the Central League in losses. In 1999, he went 2-7 with a 3.27 ERA. The next season, Nakagomi was 3-3 with 2 saves and a 4.62 ERA after being primarily to relief. In 2001, he concluded his Hanshin career with a 3-1, 4.08 record.
Nakagomi next pitched in Taiwan. In the 2002 season, he was 15-9 with a 3.26 ERA for the Brother Elephants. He placed 5th in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in ERA behind Chao-Chi Sung, Jonathan Hurst, Hiroaki Nakayama and Osvaldo Martinez. He was one shy of the win co-leaders, Sung and Hurst. He won his only postseason start. In 2003, Shin went 13-8 with 3 saves and a 2.53 ERA, then again won his only decision in the playoffs. He tied Hurst for 5th in ERA behind John Frascatore, Jeff Andra, Nakayama and Wei-Lun Pan.
Nakagomi had a 14-6, 2.77 record for the 2004 Elephants. He was 8th in the circuit in ERA, right behind Hurst. He also won a Gold Glove for his defensive work. In 2005, he fell to 3-6, 4.67 and gave up 124 hits in 98 1/3 IP.
Overall, Shin had gone 41-62 with a 3.74 ERA in 182 games in NPB. In the CPBL, he had been 45-29 with a 3.16 ERA in 97 games.
In 2008, Nakagomi became the pitching coach of the Brother Elephants. In May 2009, he was promoted to manager when the club started slowly under Kuang-Huei Wang. His team made the 2009 Taiwan Series, where they fell. Scandal hit the squad, though, which was involved in a game-fixing scandal. In July 2010, Nakagomi pled guilty to five charges of game-fixing.