Orlando Cepeda

Orlando Cepeda shows 'major signs of improvement'

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Orlando Cepeda shows 'major signs of improvement'

SCOTTSDALE -- A few days after a cardiac incident put Orlando Cepeda in the hospital, the Giants released a statement with the first bit of positive news. The Giants said Cepeda has shown "major signs of improvement."

"The Cepeda Family would like to thank the baseball family for its concern and well wishes for Orlando," the statement said. "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."

Cepeda was hospitalized last Monday after an incident at a golf course in Fairfield. There was significant concern within the organization last week, but team officials have been slightly more optimistic in recent days.

Cepeda, 80, spent nine seasons of his career with the Giants and made six All-Star teams. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. 

Giants issue statement regarding Orlando Cepeda's critical condition

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Giants issue statement regarding Orlando Cepeda's critical condition

SCOTTSDALE — The Giants released a statement Wednesday morning confirming that Orlando Cepeda is dealing with a serious medical issue. 

The statement read: “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.”

The 80-year-old Cepeda spent nine seasons with the Giants and made six All-Star teams before winning the MVP award with the Cardinals in 1967. He had 2,351 hits and 379 homers in the big leagues. Cepeda was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Cepeda has been a regular at Giants games in recent years. His last public appearance came in January, when he attended Willie McCovey's birthday party at AT&T Park. 

Orlando Cepeda remains in hospital, the situation is 'serious'

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Orlando Cepeda remains in hospital, the situation is 'serious'

SCOTTSDALE -- Giants Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remained in a Bay Area hospital on Tuesday after being rushed there Monday night. Cepeda's condition was not known, but a team official confirmed that the situation is serious. 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, which first reported Cepeda's condition, the Fairfield Fire Department was dispatched to the Rancho Solano Golf Course on Monday night and transported a patient. 

Cepeda, 80, spent nine seasons with the Giants and made six All-Star teams before winning the MVP award with the Cardinals in 1967. He had 2,351 hits and 379 homers in the big leagues and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Cepeda has been a regular at Giants games in recent years, often sitting in the back of the press box and chatting with reporters. News of the hospitalization spread through camp on Tuesday morning.

"Our prayers are with him," manager Bruce Bochy said.