Former Yankees Pitcher Found Dead

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu has been found dead of an apparent suicide in California at age 42.

A county sheriff said his body was found Wednesday at his home in the wealthy Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes. Other details were not immediately released as the investigation continues.

After a notable baseball career in Japan, Irabu signed for four years and nearly $13 million dollars to test his skills in the United States. The hard-throwing righthander joined the Yankees and helped lead the New York team to two World Series titles in 1998 and 1999.

Before the 2000 season, the Yankees sent him to the now-defunct Montreal Expos. He played two years for the Canadian team and one more for the Texas Rangers, where he served as a relief pitcher.

Overall in his major league career, Irabu won 34 and lost 35 with an earned run average of 5.14.