Former Cub Rod Beck Dead at 38

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 posted 48 of his 286 career saves in 1993. He had 51 saves in 1998. He's 21st on the all-time career save list.

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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