Manabu Kitabeppu, baseball commentator and former ace pitcher for the Hiroshima Carp, died at a hospital in Hiroshima on Friday. He was 65.

Kitabeppu joined the Carp in 1976. He secured double-digit wins for 11 consecutive seasons from 1978 thanks to his outstanding control, helping the team clinch back-to-back Japan Series titles in 1979 and 1980.

In 1992, he became the first Carp player to reach 200 wins.

After retiring in 1994, Kitabeppu served as pitching coach for the Carp between 2001 and 2004.

He was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

In May 2020, he received peripheral blood stem cell transplant for adult T-cell leukemia. Two months later, he returned as a baseball commentator.

In his 19-season career, Kitabeppu logged a win-loss record of 213-141, five saves, an ERA of 3.67 and 1,757 strikeouts in 515 games.