RIP Hideki Irabu

Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead in his LA home today, police are investigating a possible suicide. He was 42.

Irabu, who is perhaps best known for being called a “fat pussy toad” by Steinbrenner, was a highly regarded acquisition in 1997. Steinbrenner signed him to a four-year, $12.8 million contract after a trade with the Padres, but he never really panned out. He threw three unspectacular seasons with the Yanks — including one awful postseason appearance — before being traded to the Expos.

He last pitched in the majors in 2002 with the Rangers, and attempted a comeback in 2009 with the Long Beach Armada of the independent Golden Baseball League. In late 2009, he said he wanted to return to Japan to continue his baseball career but ran into some trouble with the law.

RIP Hideki Irabu. We’ll always have that time in 1998 when you threw me a ball after I snuck into the good seats.

Mr. Costanza probably doesn’t feel the same way:

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