ESPN has reported that former New York Yankees pitcher, Hideki Irabu, has been found dead in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes. He was found yesterday at 4:25pm PDT. Read the full article here.
Before coming to the United States, Hideki Irabu was a star pitcher for the Lotte Orions; a Japanese professional baseball team. His contract was purchased by the San Diego Padres in 1997, however, he was traded to the New York Yankees shortly thereafter. He arrived in New York amid a ton of publicity. The Yankees expected Irabu and his 98 MPH fastball to light up opposing teams batters for years, but Irabu was traded to the Expos after just three seasons. He later played for the Texas Rangers as a closer in 2002, which was his final MLB season.