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Giants legend Orlando Cepeda in critical condition

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Orlando Cepeda in 2013. The legendary San Francisco Giants hitter was rushed to the hospital after a cardiac event and remains in critical condition Wednesday. (Courtesy Chris Evans/Flickr)

San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was rushed to the hospital on Monday. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reported Cepeda needed attention “after being stricken at a Fairfield golf course.”

On Wednesday morning, the Giants issued a statement, revealing more details about his condition:

Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was hospitalized on Monday evening due to 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. 

Cepeda played eight-plus seasons in San Francisco. He was an All-Star six times and won Rookie of the Year as a 20-year old in 1958.

The team celebrated him with a statue outside of AT&T Park in 2008.

“When things like this happen to you, that’s when I say to myself, ‘Orlando, you’re a very lucky person,’ ” Cepeda said to John Shea after the unveiling.


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