July 28, 2011

A sad ending to Hideki Irabu’s memorable career

It appears Hideki Irabu took his own life at his home in Los Angeles today, a shocking ending to one of the most peculiar lives for a baseball player.

Irabu pitched in an independent league in 2009, and last pitched in the majors in 2002 with the Rangers. His first two professional seasons were in pinstripes, posting a 4.80 ERA with a 29-20 record.

George Steinbrenner once called him a “fat pussy toad,” immortalizing him in Yankees history.

This news ruined my day.

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