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Ex-Yankees Pitcher Hideki Irabu Found Dead in Rancho Palos Verdes
Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead of an apparent suicide in Rancho Palos Verdes, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
Irabu, 42, was found Wednesday afternoon at a home in Rancho Palos Verdes, said Sgt. Mike Arriaga. TMZ is reporting that Irabu hanged himself and was found by a friend
After a much-heralded career pitching in Japan, Irabu played in the major leagues from 1997 to 2002. He went 29-20 in three seasons with the Yankees and was on the Yankees' 1998 and 1999 World Series championship teams but only pitched in one postseason game.
In 2009, Irabu attempted a comeback of sorts, signing with the Long Beach Armada of the Golden Baseball League.
He was arrested in Gardena last year on suspicion of DUI, writes ESPN:
In May 2010, Irabu was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena. Police said he was stopped after his car drifted outside of traffic lanes and he nearly collided with a parked car. He posted $5,000 bail but it was not immediately clear whether he was criminally charged.
Irabu was signed by the Yankees after refusing to play for the San Diego Padres, who purchased his contract from the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League. Despite the fanfare surrounding his arrival, many fans were underwhelmed by his performance -- in this clip from the final episode of "Seinfeld," Frank Costanza shouts "how can you give $12 million to Hideki Irabu?" at George Steinbrenner.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.