Friday, July 16, 2010

10 MLB Stars Whose Careers Ended Far Too Soon- Part 9

Part 9 of 11

The Late Kirby Puckett
Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett was a five tool player who enjoyed an excellent 12-year career with the Minnesota Twins. Sadly, tragedy suddenly ended his baseball career and then his life. 

During the 1995 season, Puckett woke up without vision in his right eye one morning. A 10th consecutive All-Star season was interrupted and Puckett was forced to suddenly retire. 

Eleven years later, Puckett suffered a stroke and he passed away at just 45-years of age.  

The Twins center fielder batted .318 over his career and annually finished high in the MVP voting. Puckett won six Gold Gloves, six Silver Sluggers, and was a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 2001. 

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