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Orlando Cepeda ‘showing major signs of improvement’ after cardiac incident

Hall of Famer and iconic San Francisco Giant Orlando Cepeda, 80, is “showing major signs of improvement” after being taken to the hospital on February 19.

“We are pleased to report that Orlando continues to make significant progress every day and is showing major signs of improvement,” the Giants said in a statement Monday morning.

Last Monday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Cepeda was stricken by an undisclosed illness at the Rancho Solano Golf Course near his home in Fairfield, California and it was “believed to be serious.”

Later, it was discovered that Cepeda suffered a cardiac incident on the golf course, but it appears as if the Baby Bull is on the mend.

Cepeda played nine seasons of his 17-year career with the Giants. He debuted in 1958, their first season in San Francisco, and went on to become the Rookie of the Year by batting .312 with 25 home runs and a career-high 38 doubles.

Before being traded by the Giants in 1966, Cepeda made six consecutive All-Star appearances from 1959-1964 and eventually was named MVP in 1967 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 1999, Cepeda was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Cepeda has a plaque in Cooperstown and as of 2008, he has a statue at AT&T Park, along with Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry, and Juan Marichal.