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SF Giants: Orlando Cepeda’s Family Updates His Condition

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 25: Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda attends the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 25, 20010 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 25: Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda attends the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 25, 20010 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Former San Francisco Giant Orlando Cepeda‘s family has sent out new information about the Hall of Famer’s condition.

Cepeda, who has been hospitalized and was considered in critical condition the past week after suffering a cardiac arrest episode, is showing “major signs of improvement,” his family said Monday.

According to the Mercury News, “the 80-year-old former Giants star suffered severe head injuries when he fell in the parking lot of his Fairfield gym last Monday night due to cardiac arrest.

Although his family didn’t provide details on his improvement, his prognosis certainly sounds much better than it did a week ago.”

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The San Francsico Giants released a statement from the family earlier today:

"“The Cepeda Family would like to thank the baseball family for its concern and well wishes for Orlando. We are pleased to report that Orlando continues to make significant progress every day and is showing major signs of improvement. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”"

Nicknamed “The Baby Bull” and “Cha Cha” during his playing the days, the 17 year Major League veteran was a seven time All-Star, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player.

His Rookie of the Year award was extra special for Giants fans in that it was the inaugural year for the Giants in San Francisco as well.

In 1999, Cepeda was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and had his number 30 retired by the Giants.

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He is one of five players, along with Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, and Gaylord Perry to have a statue outside of AT&T Park to honor his legacy to the team.

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