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  • Padre Legend Ken Caminiti, 1996 NL MVP, Died Today At Age 41.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseb...tm?POE=SPOISVA

    Ex-NL star Caminiti dead at 41
    NEW YORK (AP) Ken Caminiti, the 1996 National League MVP who later admitted using steroids during his major league career, died Sunday. He was 41.

    Ken Caminti breaks a bat over his knee after striking out in 2000. The late infielder played 10 seasons for the Astros in two stints and was the 1996 NL MVP with San Diego.

    By Camilla McElligott, Houston Chronicle via AP


    Caminiti died of a heart attack in the Bronx, said his agent-lawyer Rick Licht. The city medical examiner's office said an autopsy would be performed Monday, spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.


    "I'm still in shock," San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "He was one of my favorite all-time players."


    The three-time All-Star third baseman often was in trouble the last few years. His 15-year big league career ended in 2001, five seasons after he led the Padres to a division title and was a unanimous pick for MVP.


    Just last Tuesday, he admitted in a Houston court that he violated his probation by testing positive for cocaine last month, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.


    But state District Judge William Harmon gave Caminiti credit for the 189 days he already served in jail and a treatment facility since he was sentenced to three years probation for a cocaine arrest in March 2001.


    In May 2002, Caminiti told Sports Illustrated that he used steroids during his MVP season, when he hit a career-high .326 with 40 home runs and 130 RBI. He estimated half the players in the big leagues were also using them.


    Caminiti returned to baseball this year as a spring training instructor with San Diego.


    "When I saw him in spring training, he didn't look good," Towers said. "I'm not surprised."


    "The best way to describe him is that he was a warrior in every sense of the word. I can't tell you how many times I remember him hobbling into the manager's office, barely able to walk, and saying, 'Put me in the lineup.'"


    Licht said Caminiti was in New York this past weekend to help a friend, but did not go into detail.


    "Man, that's just a tough one. I played with him for eight years," Dodgers outfielder Steve Finley said Sunday night, learning of Caminiti's death after St. Louis eliminated Los Angeles from the playoffs.


    "He was a great player, but he got mixed up in the wrong things taking drugs. It's a sad reminder of how bad drugs are and what they can do to your body. It's a loss all of us will feel."


    Caminiti batted .272 with 239 homers and 983 RBI with Houston, San Diego, Texas and Atlanta.



    This Is Pretty Big And Harsh News To Me, Considering I Grew Up Watching Him Play. He, Along With My Man Wally Joyner, Were My Inspirations In Baseball. I Think Its Horrible That He Had To Die At This Age, And It Just Feels Akward. R.I.P.

    My Fellow San Diegans Will Understand, But I Think Some Of You Might Not Even Know Who He Is.
    I'm making a D12World comeback

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    FUCKIN A!.... what the hell is with everyone dying....


    damn it, R.I.P. Ken
    Till you gotta sip through a straw, shoplifted a mall
    Pictures of me on my mom's living room wall
    Hey ma, maybe I'll give you a call
    Sike you fuckin bitch, suck a dick and two balls

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    • #3
      Deaths come in 3's, rodney dangerfield, Ken Caminiti, and now christopher reeves.

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      • #4
        ^how bout the other person who died recently too...

        i feel so stupid i cant remember their names... but... the lady from the shower scene in Psycho...
        dont hate on me... im just tired as fuck
        Till you gotta sip through a straw, shoplifted a mall
        Pictures of me on my mom's living room wall
        Hey ma, maybe I'll give you a call
        Sike you fuckin bitch, suck a dick and two balls

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        • #5
          shit. i was looking forward with him coming back to the pads
          San Diego Super Chargers

          CASHREVERT REALLY WORKS! Use [email protected] as referrer!

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          • #6
            fuck, everyones dying..

            rest in peace
            cinematic adoration

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