Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead in his Pales Verdes, Calif., home on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department told CBSSports.com.
"Deputies responded to a call at his Palos Verdes home at 4:25 p.m. [Wednesday] and discovered him deceased from an apparently suicide," a spokesman said Thursday afternoon.
Irabu was 42.
Irabu played for the Yankees, Expos and Rangers, last pitching in the big leagues in 2002.
The Yankees have released the following statement (via Star-Ledger on Twitter):
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Hideki Irabu. Every player that wears the Pinstripes is forever a part of the Yankees family, and his death is felt throughout our organization. Our sympathies and support go out to his wife, Kyonsu, his two children, and all of his friends and loved ones.”
The Padres purchased his contract in 1997, but he refused to sign, saying he'd only play for the Yankees. The Padres eventually traded for Irabu's rights and signed him to a four-year deal worth $12.8 million. He played in six seasons in the big leagues and went 34-35 with a 5.15 ERA.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.