San Francisco Giants: Orlando Cepeda Remains in Serious Condition
By Michael Saltzman
San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remains in a Bay Area hospital in “serious” condition, according to reports.
He was rushed to the hospital in Fairfield on Monday night after being “stricken at a golf course,” according to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
A team official confirmed that the situation is serious.
Team spokeswoman Staci Slaughter had no new information on Mr. Cepeda’s condition or the nature of his illness as of Monday, but it was believed to be serious.
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The Fairfield Fire Department confirmed that units were dispatched to the Rancho Solano Golf Course.
The Cepeda family has already dealt with tragedy recently as Mirian Ortiz, Orlando’s wife of 26 years, died in April at age of 62.
“Our prayers are with him,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Known by many as “The Baby Bull” and “Cha Cha,” the Hall of Famer began his career in San Francisco the same year as the team did in 1958. He was named Rookie of the Year that same year. Cepeda, 80, spent his first nine seasons with the Giants.
After a brilliant career with the Giants, he was traded to the St. Louis in 1966, where he won both an MVP and a World Series ring with the Cardinals.
UPDATE (2/21/18 at 11:24am): The San Francisco Giants have issued a press release on Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, who was hospitalized Monday with a “cardiac incident”
“He remains in critical condition at a Bay Area hospital. The Cepeda family asks for privacy during this time. Please keep Orlando and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
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Since 1987, he has worked with the Giants organization and in 1999, was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the veterans committee.