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Former Yankee, Lotte Orion Hideki Irabu Found Dead, Suicide Suspected

This is just breaking and, at present, we only have links to stories in Japanese, but apparently former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home yesterday. Suicide by hanging is suspected. (Craig Calcaterra, Hardball Talk) After a long and successful career with the Lotte Orions (now Chiba Lotte Marines) of the NBP Pacific League, Irabu made his MLB debut with the Yankees before moving on to the Expos and Rangers. He won two World Series rings with New York while posting 3.1 rWAR. In Japan, Irabu was one of the most dominant strikeout pitchers of his day. He was 42.
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