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But Irabu also had off-the-field trouble in recent years.

In August 2008, he was arrested in Japan for allegedly assaulting a bartender after drinking 20 mugs of beer. Police said he became angered after his credit card was rejected.

In May 2010, Irabu was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Gardena, another Los Angeles suburb. Police said he was stopped after his car drifted outside of traffic lanes and he nearly collided with a parked car.

He posted $5,000 bail but it was not immediately clear whether he was criminally charged.

“I think that he was one of his own worst enemies,” Valentine said.

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Associated Press Writer Jacob Adelman, AP Sports Writers Greg Beacham and Mike Fitzpatrick, and AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report.