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Hideki Irabu

Full Name: Hideki Irabu
Born: May 5, 1969 in Hyogo, Japan
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 250
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Personal: Wife (Kyonsu – 11/27/99) – Daughter (Eleanor Natsuki)
Resides: Chiba, Japan
MLB Debut: July 10, 1997


Team History

  • 1988-1991: LO ?? (Japanese Baseball)
  • 1992-1996: Chiba Lotte Marines (Japanese Pacific League)
  • 1997: San Diego Padres (rights acquired from Chiba Lotte on Jan 13, 1997)
  • 1997-1999: New York Yankees (rights acquired from Padres with Homer Bush, Gordon Amerson, & Vernon Maxwell for Ruben Rivera, Rafael Medina, & cash on Apr 22, 1997 – signed on May 29, 1997)
  • 2000-2001: Montreal Expos (via trade for Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly, & Christian Parker on Mar 22, 2000 – Released Sep 6, 2001)
  • 2002: Texas Rangers (as a free agent on Dec 27, 2001 – released Nov 13, 2002)
  • 2003-2004: Hanshin Tigers (as a free agent on ??? ??, ???? – Japanese Central League – Released Oct 5, 2004)
  • Retired – April 11, 2005
  • 2009-2010: Long Beach Armada (independent Golden Baseball League, as a free agent on Apr 27, 2009)
  • Unknown status as of Jan 18, 2011 – Presumed retired

Salary History

  • 2004: 22,000-man
  • 2003: 15,000-man
  • 2002: $550,000
  • 2001: $2.5 Million
  • 2000: $4.125 Million
  • 1999: $3.125 Million
  • 1998: $2.925 Million
  • 1997: $2.325 Million
  • 1996: 13,000-man

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