Yu Darvish Biography

( 1986 - )
December 26, 2018
First published on:December 31, 2017
by Jack Ol

Facts of Yu Darvish

Date of Birth: 1986, August 16
Age: 32 years old
Birth Nation: Japan

A Japanese professional baseball player Farid Yu Darvish, well recognized as Yu Darvish, is a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball, having pitched in MLB for the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers as well as in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Hokkaido-Ham Fighter.


As of 2018, Yu Darvish earns $25,000,000 as annual salary and has an estimated net worth of $23 million. He is rumored to be married to his girlfriend Seiko Yamamoto and has a child with her. He was previously married to his ex wife, a Japanese actress and model Saeko and also has a child with her.

Yu Darvish Bio and Early Life

A native of Osaka, Japan, Yu Darvish was born on 16th of August 1986, to a Japanese mother Ikuyo and an Iranian father, Farsad Darvishsefat. His birth sign is Leo. Regarding his nationality, Darvish is a Japanese and is of white ethnicity.

Darvish started playing baseball in second grade and help his team to reach the quarter-finals of the national tournament and secure 3rd position in the international tournament being a member of the Habikino Boys. He enrolled at Tohoku High School in northern Sendai.   

High School Career

By the fall of his very first year, Darvish became star pitcher of Tohoku High School and led his team to 4 straight appearances in the national tournament. In the summer of 2003, he led the team to the finals of the 85th National High School Baseball Championship which ended in a complete game loss.

In his four national tournaments, Darvish pitched overall 12 games and put up a 7-3 record, 87 strikeouts, 92 innings pitched, as well as a 1.47 ERA.

Even while in junior high, he was scouted expansively by MLB teams, such as the Atlanta Braves and then Anaheim Angels. He was considered one of the best high school pitchers in the 2004 NPB amateur draft.

Yu Darvish Professional Career

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

On 17th December 2004, Darvish was signed by Hokkaido-Ha, Fighters for a base salary of ¥15 million with a signing bonus of ¥100 million and additional performance-based incentives. On 15 June 2005, Darvish made his professional debut against Carp where he pitched 8+ innings and earned the win, becoming the 12th pitcher in NPB history, winning in one’s professional debut as a rookie straight out of high school.

On 6th August, he recorded his first complete game win against the Lions as well as first completed shutout on 18th of September. Darvish ultimately ended the 2005 season with a 5-5 record in 14 starts, 3.53 ERA, and 94 ½ innings.

He played overall 6 seasons for Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. Throughout his 6 years career with Nippon, he won twice “Pacific League MVP”, “Eiji Sawamura Award”, thrice “Pacific League strikeout title”, twice “Pacific League ERA title”, twice “Pacific League Nest Nine Award”, twice “Pacific League Mitsui Golden Glove Award”, “2006 Asia Series MVP”, “NPB All-Star” from 2007-11, and “2007 Pacific League Climax Series MVP”.

Texas Rangers

On 18th January 2012, Darvish was signed by Texas Ranger for a 6-year contract for a fee of $60 million with a player option to void the last year, 15 minutes before to a 4:00 pm CST deadline. On 9th April, he made his debut for Texas Rangers against the Settle Mariners.

His first away came on 14th April, against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, where he threw 5 2/3  innings, giving up 9 hits, 2 runs, and 4 walks and striking out four which resulted in the loss to him.

Darvish played overall 5 seasons for Texas Rangers. He earned All-Star consecutively 3 years (2012-14) and one in 2017.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On 1st July 2017, Darvish was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects Brendon Davis, A.J. Alexy, and Willie Calhoun. In nine starts for the Dodgers, Darvish was 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA. On the whole, in 2017, joint with both team, he made 31 appearances with a 10-12 record, 3.86 ERA, and 209 strikeouts.  

He became the first starting pitcher since 1960 to have 2 starts of less than 2 innings in the World Series. Shortly after that, an unnamed Astros player suggested that he had been tipping his pitches. After the season, Yu Darvish became a free agent for the first time in his career.

Chicago Cubs

Yu Darvish signed a six-year, $126-million-contract with Chicago Cubs on February 13, 2018. In August, he suffered an injury that ended his 2018 season.

Related Article: Starting Pitcher Yu Darvish Placed on Disabled List by Chicago Cubs

Yu Darvish International Career

Yu Darvish made his international debut on 13th August 2008 against Cuba in 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also represented his national side in “2009 World Baseball Classic” and “2013 World Baseball Classic”.

Yu Darvish Personal life

Yu Darvish is currently dating his girlfriend Seiko Yamamoto who is a former world-champion wrestler. The couple has been dating each other since 2015. He was previously married to Saeko but got a divorce later in 2012.

CAPTION: Yu Darvish and his girlfriend Seiko Yamamoto SOURCE: Aramai Japan

On 9th August 2007, Darvish revealed that he is no more single and dating a Japanese actress and model Saeko, in a post-game interview. After dating for years, the couple decided to take their relationship to next level and tied the knot in what Japanese tabloids called a shotgun wedding on 11th November 2007 in Hawaii.

CAPTION: Yu Darvish and his former wife Saeko Dokyu SOURCE: Playerswiki

The couple welcomed their first child on 24th March 2008. The couple became the proud parents for the second time following the birth of their second child on 26th February 2010.

However, they were divorced on 18th January 2012.

After the tragic separation, Darvish stayed single for almost 3 years and then started dating former world-champion wrestler Seiko. On 30th July 2015, he announced the birth of their son on July 29 via Twitter.

Alike Darvish, Seiko has her own past. She was married to a Japanese handball player Hideaki Nagashima from 2006 to 2014. The couple together has two children.

Darvish is a big time animal lover. He has 110 acres are separated for dogs.

Other Works

In February 2007, Yu Darvish established “Yu Darvish Water Fund”, a humanitarian fund committed to the construction, installation, and maintenance of well or well pumps and rainwater storage facilities in devolving countries, which is managed by the Japan Water Forum. He donates 100,000 yen each time he notches a regular season win.

He has made appearances in several ads for many companies including Pocari Sweat, Asahi Dry Black Beer, and Seiko. He was also featured on the cover of Japanese men’s fashion magazine, such as Gainer, Non-No, and GQ. In February 2012, he was named as the “GQ Man of the Year”.

Yu Darvish Net Worth and Endorsement

As of 2018, Yu Darvish has an estimated net worth around $23 million. His significant source of earning is his baseball career. As of 2016, he used to get paid $10 million. He recently signed  a 6 year / $126,000,000 contract with the annual average salary of $21,000,000.

Darvish's salary for 2018 is reported to be $25,000,000.

His current contract, salary, and earnings:

Year Salary and Earnings
2018 $25,000,000
2019 $20,000,000
2020 $22,000,000
2021 $22,000,000
2022 $19,000,000
2023 $18,000,000


He will be paid $20,000,000 in 2019. He has so far made the career earnings of $84,157,843.

Recently Yu Darvish sold his lavish 2,844 sq.ft penthouses at Ritz-Carlton, in Dallas Texas, which consisted of 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms including 3 ½ terraces and offers skylines views. The high-profile house was listed at $2.69 million.

CAPTION: Yu Darvish penthouses at Ritz-Carlton, in Dallas Texas SOURCE: CelebrityDetective

He bought a mansion in Evanston in May 2018 for $4.55 million. The house with 3 stories and the 5,400-square-foot area has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, high ceilings, 150-feet of lakefront, and a large backyard deck with a surrounding garden.

CAPTION: Yu Darvish $4.55 mansion in Evanston SOURCE: Curbed Chicago

In 2014, he also had bought a Bluffview House for $3,730,030. The 8709-square-feet house has 6-bedrooms and 3-half-bathrooms.

CAPTION: Yu Darvish bought a Bluffview House for $3,730,030 SOURCE: Candy's Dirt

Yu Darvish has a list of world luxury car but as per riding, he prefers S65 AMG Coupe car worth $236,250.

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