Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ex-Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu Dies

Hideki Irabu, one of the first players to change the Japanese league for the MLB and famous for provoking the wrath of George Steinbrenner during his three seasons with the New York Yankees, was found dead Wednesday.

"Apparently it's a suicide," said Sergeant Michael Arriaga of the LAPD.

Irabu was found in a house in Rancho Palos Verdes, a suburb of the Californian city, said Arriaga, who has not clarified whether it was the home of baseball or not.

The right-hander was an enigmatic figure because of his actions, his weight problems and his inconsistency both within and outside the field, as well as the great excitement caused due to its success in Japan.

Irabu was arrested twice in the last three years, once for assault in a bar in Japan and another for driving while intoxicated in California.

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