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Mets legend Ed Kranepool needs a kidney donor

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New York Mets legend Ed Kranepool has two failing kidneys and needs a transplant, reports Steven Marcus of Newsday.

Kranepool was a member of the inaugural Mets team in 1962, the Mets World Series champions in 1969 and remained with the Mets for his entire 18-year career, retiring after the 1979 season. He remains the all-time leader in games played for the Mets.

Unless he gets a specific donor, he could be on the waiting list for up to five years. He’s 72 now and his kidneys are functioning at 20 percent. As a result, he has not been able to take a full course of antibiotics which, in turn, led to the amputation of one of his toes.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 101,000 people are on waiting lists in need of a kidney, but only 17,000 people receive one each year. Here’s hoping Kranepool beats those odds.

 

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.