Japanese pitcher Satoshi Iriki, who played for the Doosan Bears, passed away in a car accident. Miyazaki Broadcasting reported on the 11th that Riki died in a traffic accident that occurred in his hometown of Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, around 9:50 on the night of the 10th. He is 56 years old. The light passenger car Iriki was driving collided with another car at an intersection, and it was reported that he died two hours after the accident.
Debuting with the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1990, Iriki moved to the Hiroshima Carps, then returned to Kintetsu before being traded to the Yomiuri Giants안전놀이터. He played for Yomiuri from 1999–2000 alongside his younger brother, Yusaku Iriki. He is widely known as the first sibling player in the Yomiuri club’s history.
His younger brother Yusaku Iriki, who joined Yomiuri with the first pick in the 1997 draft, currently serves as the Orix Buffaloes coach.
He could not settle down in one place and wandered.
He moved to Yakult Swallows through Yomiuri, played for two years, and wore a Doosan uniform in 2003. He was the first Japanese player in the KBO league, excluding Korean residents in Japan.
He went back and forth as a bullpen pitcher and starter at Doosan. He appeared in a total of 39 games (20 starts), going 7-11 with 5 saves and an earned run average of 3.74. That year, he pitched 159 innings, pitching five complete games. He entered the Taiwan League in 2004, but left the team during the season.
35 wins, 30 losses, 2 saves, 4.25 ERA in 214 Japanese professional baseball games. In 2001, when he was a member of Yakult, he won 10 wins (3 losses), his career high. He posted 9 wins in the first half and went to the All-Star Game and got on the mound with his brother. For the first time in All-Star Game history, his brother stepped in.
Japanese media reported that the deceased had recently worked as a caregiver.