EXPIRED: 07/27/11 – Hideki Irabu, 42, was a high-speed pitcher who could throw a 98 mph fastball. In 1997, his contract was bought by the San Diego padres and he was brought over from the major leagues in japan and eventually traded before playing any games to the Yankees w/ a $12.8 million, 4-year contract. Slightly overweight, George Steinbrenner once called him a “fat pussy toad.” He later drank to excess and, after a career lull, bar fights, drunk driving violations and a separation from his wife, he hung himself.



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