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Rod Beck, the former Giants pitcher, dies at 38

The former Giants, All-Star relief pitcher Rod Beck was found dead in his Phoenix home Saturday.

Rod Beck, the former Giants pitcher, dies at 38 Beck was found Saturday by police officers responding to a call to his home in Phoenix, according to the local police department. Foul play is not suspected, because Beck was alone when he died, though the cause of death might not be known for several days.

 The colorful pitcher spent the first seven of his 13 major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Rod Beck was popular with teammates, reporters and fans, but battled personal demons late in his life. Beck left the San Diego Padres during his final major league season in 2004 for what was described as personal reasons, but many believed he joined a drug rehabilitation program.

 Rod Beck and his wife, Stacey, have two teenage daughters, Kayla and Kelsey.

Published on 06/24/2007

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