KYOTO (TR) – Kyoto Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested a former Nippon Professional Baseball player for attempting to steal the underwear of a female neighbor in Yamashina Ward, reports Nikkan Sports (March 10).
At 8:10 a.m. on January 29, Yukihito Nakanishi, a 37-year-old former pitcher for the Nippon Ham Fighters, allegedly used a fishing pole in a bid to snag the undergarments of the woman, 56, who had left them hanging out to dry on her second-floor balcony.
Nakanishi, who has been charged with attempted robbery, has reportedly denied the allegations. “Using the rod was accidental,” the ex-pitcher is quoted by officers from the Yamashina Police Station.
The Kyoto native attended Higashiyama High School. The Fighters took right-hander with their seventh pick in the 1995 draft. He remained with the Fighters until 2000 but did not enter a game for the team’s top club.