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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

npbtracker: Irabu Comeback in the Works

Hat tip to the unintentionally prophetic EWC: Nikkan Sports is reporting noted fat toad Hideki Irabu is working out in LA and aiming to resume his career in the US independent leagues some time this season. The article says that he’s played in amateur games and is hitting 90 mph on the gun in his workouts. There’s also a lengthy quote from someone associated with Irabu:

  That he’s aiming for a comeback is true. Because he’s gotten back into shape, he came to want play again. He’s playing with a cheerful demeanor. He wants to get tryouts and find a club he can play for. He’s looking to make a comeback in the independent leagues during the season. Looking to the future, the thinking is that if possible he wants to return to a high level, like MLB or NPB.

I wonder if that’s Don Nomura talking.

Tripon Posted: April 21, 2009 at 03:40 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. I Left Tim Raines Down In Africa Posted: April 21, 2009 at 05:33 PM (#3146663)
I'm just sad that we can't bring back Harry Caray to introduce him.
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 21, 2009 at 05:40 PM (#3146673)
I'm just sad that we can't bring back Harry Caray to introduce him.

"Irabu spelled backwards is You-Barree."
   3. fun & games Posted: April 21, 2009 at 05:43 PM (#3146676)
He'll be joining Jose Lima and the Long Armada. You heard it here first.
   4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 21, 2009 at 06:03 PM (#3146702)
Good. You can never have enough gritty guys in the majors.
   5. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: April 21, 2009 at 06:06 PM (#3146709)
George Steinbrenner still thinks he's just a fat toad.
   6. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 21, 2009 at 06:09 PM (#3146715)
George Steinbrenner still thinks he's just a fat toad.

At this point in George's life, he might think Irabu is literally a fat toad.
   7. Jay Rock Posted: April 21, 2009 at 08:32 PM (#3146898)
Quick, someone wake Ol' King George and tell him The Toad is back, just in case Wang continues to dis-remember that he once could pitch successfully in the big leagues.
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 21, 2009 at 09:12 PM (#3146937)
Ahh, memories of one of the best moments at County Stadium. Hideki Irabu gets blistered in his first road game start, on Sunday Night Baseball. Irabu gets knocked around a bit for six runs, and spits his gum at the crowd as he departs in the 7th. Meanwhile chants of "USA USA" echo at the ballpark after Aussie Dave Nilsson hit a two-run HR.

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