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Irabu found dead

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead Wednesday after an apparent suicide. (Associated Press)
Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead Wednesday after an apparent suicide. (Associated Press)

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead Wednesday after an apparent suicide.

Hideki Irabu joined the New York Yankees 14 years ago in a swell of international excitement. The quirky, flamethrowing Japanese right-hander seemed destined to become a pioneering star for American baseball’s marquee franchise.

Irabu never reached those enormous expectations, and his career spiraled. On Wednesday, the 42-year-old was found dead, an apparent suicide in a home in Rancho Palos Verdes, a wealthy Los Angeles suburb. Read more.

Did you ever see Irabu pitch?



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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.