The New York Mets today signed Japanese right-handed pitcher Yusaku Iriki to a one-year Major League contract.
Iriki, 33, pitched for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League in 2005. He went 6-7 with a 3.35 ERA in 28 games, 20 starts. Yusaku finished ninth in the Pacific League in ERA and 10th in strikeouts (122). The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder also hurled 150 2/3 innings, allowed 147 hits, 70 runs, 56 earned with 65 walks.
Yusaku is 35-35 with three save and a 3.73 ERA during his eight-year career in Japan. In 212 games with the Yomiuri Giants and Ham Fighters, he’s made 73 starts and registered nine complete games. Iriki has tossed 775 innings, allowed 718 hits, 349 runs, 321 earned runs, with 295 walks and 672 strikeouts.
To which I can only add, there’s some truly fearsome toasting going on if you leave your volume up upon visiting Iriki’s website.