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Chunichi Dragons’ Ni-gun pitching coach Mitsuo Inaba passes away

by on Aug.11, 2012 @ 10:09 pm, under NPB

During a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Nagoya Stadium earlier today, Ni-gun pitching coach Mitsuo Inaba complained of feeling sick and was taken to a hospital in Nagoya.  The Dragons later announced that Inaba died of a brain hemorrhage at 8:39pm.  He was sixty-three.

Inaba spent time with Chunichi (1971-1976), Hankyu (1977-1983), and Hanshin (1984) during his pro career.  After retiring, he became a coach for the Chunichi Dragons (1986-1997, 2009-2012) and Nippon Ham Fighters (1998-2001).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/11/2012, Daily Sports 8/11/2012

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UPDATE 8/12 @ 10:09am - Inaba did not suit up for the game and was sitting in the seats behind home plate when he felt numbness in his hands.  When he arrived at the hospital, he was still conscious, but in no condition for surgery.  His family and some team officials were nearby when he passed at 8:39pm.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/12/2012

UPDATE 8/13 @ 3:08pm - The wake will be held on Tuesday at 7pm; the funeral services on Wednesday at 11am.  Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players, coaches, and staff plan on attending the funeral services on Wednesday, in uniform.  Source: Sponichi 8/13/2012

UPDATE 8/13 @ 10:28pm - Condolence registers will be placed between the first and second gate at Nagoya Dome between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.  A condolence register will also be placed at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday; flowers will also be accepted.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2012

UPDATE 8/15 @ 3:25pm - About three hundred people attended the wake on Tuesday.  Front office officials, coaches, and Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players were present at the funeral services that took place today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/15/2012

UPDATE 8/15 @ 4:37pm - 2,055 fans signed the condolence registers during Tuesday's game.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/15/2012

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Career Stats

Year Team G GS CG ShO W L Sv H WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
1971 Chunichi 21 5 2 1 6 0 -- -- 1.000 261 68.0 44 4 20 1 2 38 1 0 9 8 1.06 0.94
1972 Chunichi 38 35 14 8 20 11 -- -- .646 1045 261.1 202 26 94 9 11 140 0 0 84 80 2.76 1.13
1973 Chunichi 33 21 8 2 6 12 -- -- .334 673 160.2 141 13 66 7 1 94 1 0 72 63 3.52 1.29
1974 Chunichi 30 17 3 0 4 5 0 -- .445 459 110.0 97 15 41 3 5 75 3 0 54 48 3.93 1.25
1975 Chunichi 34 17 5 1 7 5 0 -- .584 518 130.1 104 14 37 1 4 76 0 0 42 40 2.77 1.08
1976 Chunichi 32 10 0 0 3 7 0 -- .300 373 81.0 93 16 40 4 0 56 2 0 56 52 5.78 1.64
1977 Hankyu 30 25 9 4 17 6 1 -- .739 757 190.2 146 17 51 0 7 104 0 2 56 52 2.45 1.03
1978 Hankyu 25 23 7 3 10 5 0 -- .667 679 164.0 159 17 51 2 3 74 2 0 62 53 2.91 1.28
1979 Hankyu 23 22 9 1 11 9 0 -- .550 646 151.0 154 23 47 2 5 84 1 1 84 73 4.35 1.33
1980 Hankyu 22 18 6 0 5 8 1 -- .385 513 109.0 136 20 58 1 6 35 4 0 85 77 6.36 1.78
1981 Hankyu 23 21 9 1 11 5 0 -- .688 580 135.1 150 14 47 0 9 36 2 0 56 44 2.93 1.46
1982 Hankyu 18 16 4 1 4 7 0 -- .364 371 87.1 83 7 36 0 2 22 2 0 42 41 4.24 1.36
1983 Hankyu 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- ---- 29 7.0 7 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 2 2 2.57 1.14
Totals 331 230 76 22 104 80 2 -- .566 6904 1655.2 1516 187 589 30 56 837 18 3 704 633 3.44 1.27

All-Star Appearances: 3 (1972, 1973, 1977)