UNDATED (AP) _ Former major league pitcher Rod Beck has passed
away at the age of 38. He was found dead yesterday by police
officers responding to a call to his home in suburban Phoenix,
according to a police department spokesman. Foul play is not
suspected, though the cause of death might not be known for several
The outgoing right-hander with a bushy moustache and long hair
framing a menacing stare, was a memorable baseball personality and
a three-time All-Star who twice led the National League in saves.
He spent the first seven of his 13 major league season with the San
Francisco Giants and also played for the Chicago Cubs and Boston
Red Sox before ending his career in San Diego.
Beck led the majors in 1993 when he posted 48 of his 286 career
Beck was popular with his teammates, reporters and fans, but
battled personal demons late in his life. He abruptly left the
Padres for a two-month stint in drug rehabilitation during his
final season in 2004.
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