28 July 2011


BREAKING: Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home yesterday. Suicide is suspected.

Irabu, 42, has had a troubled post-baseball career. He was arrested in Gardena, California last year for drunk driving.

Back in 2008 he was arrested for assaulting a bar manager in Japan after allegedly consuming 20 glasses of beer.
He was also arrested for a DWI-related offense in May of 2010 in California.

The San Diego Padres purchased his contract from Japan in 1997, but he refused to sign, saying he'd only play for the Yankees. Eventually he was traded to New York and signed a four-year deal worth $12.8 million.

Spring training 1999, an overweight Irabu failed to cover first base on a ground ball. It was the second outing in a row that Irabu had showed a lack of effort. This prompted George Steinbrenner to call Irabu a "fat pu**y toad." Two days later, Steinbrenner apologized.

Joe Girardi caught Hideki Irabu's 1st game in the majors, a 10-3 win vs. Detroit at the Stadium, 7/10/97. Derek Jeter had 4 hits.

He played in six seasons in the big leagues (NYY, MON, TEX) and went 34-35 with a 5.15 ERA.

January 13, 1997: Purchased by the San Diego Padres from Chiba Lotte Marines (Japan Pacific).

April 22, 1997: The San Diego Padres sent players to be named later, Gordon Amerson (minors) and Homer Bush to the New York Yankees for Rafael Medina, Ruben Rivera and $3,000,000.

May 29, 1997: the San Diego Padres sent Hideki Irabu to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on April 22, 1997.

December 22, 1999: Traded by the New York Yankees to the Montreal Expos for players to be named later and Jake Westbrook. The Montreal Expos sent Ted Lilly (March 17, 2000) and Christian Parker (March 22, 2000) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

September 6, 2001: Released by the Montreal Expos.

December 27, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.

Irabu was released by the Rangers in 2002

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