LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Dodgers legend Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, according to reports.
The 1988 National League MVP made the announcement Tuesday through Fox Sports Detroit, where he calls Tigers games, the Associated Press reported.
Gibson had not been in the broadcast booth since opening day April 6.
Tigers team officials released the following statement from Gibson:
“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles. While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs.
“With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”
He was fired in September as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks after four-plus seasons.
The 57-year-old Gibson spent four seasons with the Dodgers and had one of the most memorable moments in baseball history with his limping, pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers.
The bat he used to hit that historic homer sold for over $570,000 in 2010.
He also won a championship in 1984 with the Tigers, where he played 12 of his 17 major league seasons.
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