Hideki Irabu was the first big-name Japenese import to hit the States, and when I said hit, I really meant belly-flop.
Irabu jumped the shark in his Major League debut, as he recorded the first of his 34 career wins on July 10, 1997, by scattering five hits over six-and-two-thirds innings and striking out nine Detroit Tigers.
It was all downhill from there, as the man who came to affectionately be known as "The Fat Toad" recorded a career mark of 34-35 over parts of six seasons with the Yankees, Montreal Expos and the Texas Rangers.
Since his last appearance in 2002, Irabu has been somewhat of a recluse, and was most recently arrested in Japan for assaulting a bartender after his credit card was declined. Allegedly he had slurped down 20 mugs of beer.
I guess all the money Irabu made from fleecing the George Steinbrenner has finally run out. Maybe we'll see him on Celebrity Rehab duking it out with Dennis Rodman next year.