Yu Darvish is a Japanese professional baseball player who has made a name for himself playing in the Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He has come a very long way since making his debut in 2012 and has also played for Japan in various competitions in the past. Here is all you need to know about him.
Yu Darvish’s Biography (Age)
The Stellar baseballer was born on August 16, 1986, in Habikino, Osaka as Farid Yu Darvishsefat to an Iranian father by a Japanese mother, and it was in Japan that he was raised.
It was hardly a surprise that Yu turned out to be a baseballer as his family was into sports. His father was a soccer player in his days. He attended the Gakko Hojin Nankogakuen Tohoku High School where he started playing when he was a boy in second grade. Yu rose steadily so that by the time he was in high school, he has already made a name for himself as one of the best players.
There, he led the school to many championships and finals which did not only attract the attention of scouts, but also that of the entire nation. Teams in both Japan and the United States sought to have his signature, but it was the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters that ended with it in 2005. As a result of his impact and skills at that young age, he was able to make it to the Japanese major league baseball, skipping college.
Yu Darvish remained with the Japanese baseball team until 2011 when he decided to leave home and play in the MLB for the Texas Rangers. He remained with the team until 2017 when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Before he was traded, he had missed the 2015 season as a result of a torn UCL. Yu played for the Dodgers but left in 2018 after he was given a six-year deal by the Chicago Cubs worth $126 million.
As easily as can be described, his career has been very successful. In the MLB, he has thus far made 4 All-Stars and was AL Strikeout leader in 2013. Before joining the league, he had also left a great mark on the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Yu Darvish has also thrown the ball for Japan in the Asian Baseball Championship of 2007 when the country won the Gold medal, 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the World Baseball Classic of 2009 when the country again won.
Family – Parents and Wife
As indicated, Darvish is from a very interesting family with an Iranian father and a Japanese mother. His parents met in Japan at the Eckerd College. At the time, his father was still playing soccer.
Yu has walked the path of matrimony twice in his lifetime. His first marriage was to Japanese actress Saeko in 2007. Even though their relationship was private, it didn’t survive 6 years as they both walked their ways in 2012.
Following the end of his marriage to Saeko, Yu Darvish met and married Seiko Yamamoto (now Seiko Darvish) in 2016. Before her marriage to the baseball player, Saeko was married to Japanese handball player, Hideaki Nagashima from 2006 to 2014.
Seiko just like her husband, is also an athlete who became famous as a wrestler. Interestingly, she is probably the most famous wrestler in Japan having won 4 world championships for the country. After she left professional wrestling, Seiko Darvish still continued as a coach. She has worked for the US women junior wrestling team.
Their marriage has been blessed with two children.
Height and Weight
One thing that is obvious about Darvish is that he is a man who is very fit. He has a good height and a build that can help him succeed in almost any sport of his choice. He stands tall at a height of 6 feet 5 inches and a body weight of 225 pounds.
- Shortly after he was signed in 2005, the young pitcher was caught smoking in a recreational parlor. The problem was that at the time, he was a minor, so it brewed a lot of controversies that forced him to come out and apologize.
- His father had wanted him to play football, but his interest since he was a child has always been baseball.
- Growing up in Japan, he decided to choose that as his mother’s country over Iran.