July 28, 2011

Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu found dead

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead of an apparent suicide in the wealthy Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, authorities said Thursday.

The body of Irabu, 42, was found at 4:25 p.m. PDT Wednesday, county sheriff's Sgt. Michael Arriaga said. He was found dead by an apparent suicide.

He was unloved in San Diego because the Padres drafted him but he refused to sign. His rights were traded to the Yankees where he was dubbed "The Fat Toad" by George Steinbrenner.

The Yankees do not plan to retire Irabu's uniform No. 14.

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