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    Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

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    FORT MYERS, Fla. - Hall of Fame outfielder Kirby Puckett has suffered a stroke and is undergoing surgery, the Minnesota Twins announced Sunday.

    The Twins said Puckett, a longtime star center fielder for the team, suffered the stroke Sunday morning at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was transported to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, then airlifted to Scottsdale Osborne Hospital, where he is undergoing neo surgery.

    Perhaps the most popular player in franchise history, Puckett played his entire career with the Twins (1984-95) and led them to two World Series titles.

    Despite having his career cut short by irreversible retina damage to his right eye, Puckett was inducted to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2001.

    Fun-loving as a player, the 5-6, 190-pound Puckett was a lifetime .318 hitter with 207 home runs and 1,085 RBI. He retired as the Twins’ all-time leader in hits (2,304), doubles (414), total bases (3,453), at-bats (7,244) and runs (1,071).

    Puckett was selected to 10 consecutive All-Star Games from 1986-95 and won six Gold Gloves and five Silver Slugger Awards.

    Puckett announced his retirement in July 1996 due to the eye injury and had his number 34 formally retired by the team in May 1997.

    Also one of baseball’s great community leaders, Puckett won the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year award in 1996

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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    Oh man. That's horrible.
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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    Just saw on ESPN, Kirby Puckett has passed away at age 44.

    Terrible tragedy, I always enjoyed watching the replays on Classic of his performance in the 1991 World Series.

    He will be missed by many, thoughts and prayers for his family.

    Last edited by Caseyfan21; 03-06-2006 at 08:19 PM.

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    Just learned of his passing......horrible news.

    Don't remember ever seeing him play in person but have seen pleanty of tapes and highlights.

    My thoughts are with his family in this horrible time.
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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    What terrible news. His career cut short by the illness, but that was of so little importance compared to this.

    RIP, Kirby Puckett

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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    RIP Puck.. You were a true idol and you played the game right. My thoughts go out to his family and friends

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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    Very sad news. Truly a great player and person.

    RIP Kirby.

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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    kirby's catch in the metrodome against the hockey glass will be forever in my mind when i think of him

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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    Quote Originally Posted by captainmorgan07
    kirby's catch in the metrodome against the hockey glass will be forever in my mind when i think of him
    That is the play I remember of him too. Weird how we remember him of that play. I guess it was one that was so amazing. Very Sad News! RIP Kirby!!!
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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    A very sad day for baseball.
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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    Truly shocking to hear this. I will always remember his play in the postseason as something special.

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    RIP Kurby, just saw this on ESPN, very sad

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    its a sad day in the world of baseball RIP Kirby

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    Sorry that anyone dies but I don't agree that Kirby should be in the HOF. He was a very good, but not great, player, IMO. Additionally, his character is in question.

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    Re: Kirby Puckett suffers stroke

    Really terrible news. What a wonderful guy. -jinaz


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