“He was one of the best hitters of his generation”: MLB Commissioner mourns the death of Puerto Rican Peruchin Cepeda

“He was one of the best hitters of his generation”: MLB Commissioner mourns the death of Puerto Rican Peruchin Cepeda

Robert Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, lamented this Saturday the death of the member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Puerto Rican Orlando “Peruchin” Cepeda, cataloging him as “one of the best hitters of his generation.”

Cepeda died Friday night at his residence in San Francisco, his family reported. He was 86 years old.

Manfred noted that Cepeda was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1958 with the San Francisco Giants, an organization that retired his number 30 and also erected a statue in his honor outside the stadium. He also recalled that Cepeda was the Most Valuable Player in 1967 with the St. Louis Cardinals, in the season that won the World Series.

Orlando overcame challenges throughout his life to build a Hall of Fame career“Manfred said in a statement.

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