Hall of Fame first baseman Orlando Cepeda, 80, in critical condition

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remains hospitalized in critical condition after a cardiac event, according to the San Francisco Giants.

The team issued a statement Wednesday saying that the incident happened Monday evening and he was taken to a Bay Area hospital.

The Cepeda family asks for privacy during this time, the team said. Please keep Orlando and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Cepeda, 80, was an 11-time All-Star first baseman who played 17 seasons for six MLB teams, including the Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, from 1958 to 1974. He was voted MVP in 1967 for the Cardinals.

The fact that Texas Tech — a program which has never won a Big 12 title of any sort — could be the one to snap Kansas’ streak is still tough to wrap your mind around, but that’s where we are. Chris Beard has the Red Raiders ranked in the top 10 and playing as well as just about any team in the country in mid-February. If they take care of business at home against Kansas on Feb. 24 and then pull off what would likely be an upset on the road over West Virginia two days later, then Texas Tech will forever be remembered as the Big 12 team that finally slayed Bill Self’s giant.

I don’t think there is any doubt about that, Taillon, 26, said at the Pirates’ spring training camp. I know people always say that when they’ve gone through something like cancer, but it really is true. I look at life differently. I’m a little more serious about things. I’m a more mature person than I was a year ago at this time.

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Taillon received the diagnosis in early May and had surgery. Just five weeks later, he was activated from the disabled list and pitched five scoreless innings to beat the visiting Colorado Rockies.

The best-case scenario is that it happened during the season, Taillon said. I had my teammates for support, and I had a goal of returning to help the team to serve as a distraction.royals_029