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06/24/2007 5:07 PM ET
Giants statement on passing of Rod Beck
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Peter A. Magowan, San Francisco Giants President and Managing General Partner, issued the following statement on yesterday's passing of former Giants pitcher Rod Beck:

"Everyone in the Giants organization is deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend. Rod Beck was a true Giant in every sense of the word -- from his dedication on the field to his selflessness away from the park.

"Today, our hearts go out to the Beck family. Rod will be deeply missed.

"When our partnership group took over the Giants in 1993, all of San Francisco was treated to a wonderful 103-win year; nobody who was a part of that will forget Rod's 48 saves. When we reached our dream of the playoffs in 1997, it was only fitting that Rod was on the mound for the final out that clinched the National League West.

"Beyond his contributions on the field, Rod will be forever remembered for his huge heart. He was a community leader in the clubhouse and, along with his wife Stacey, always tried to enrich the lives of others."

Beck, originally acquired by San Francisco in a 1998 trade with Oakland, spent the first seven seasons of his Major League career with the Giants (1991-97), departing as the franchise's all-time saves leader with 199 (since passed by Robb Nen). The first San Francisco closer to crest the 40-save plateau, he logged four 30-save campaigns with the club. In all, the right-hander went 21-28 with a 2.97 ERA in 416 relief appearances in a Giants uniform.

The man known as "Shooter" ended his career with 286 saves, which ranks 22nd on baseball's all-time list. He last pitched for San Diego in 2004, retiring with a lifetime 38-45 mark with a 3.30 ERA in 704 Major League relief appearances with the Giants (1991-97), Cubs (1998-99), Red Sox (1999-2001) and Padres (2003-04).

Off the field, Beck was renowned in San Francisco for his community work. An active participant in many Giants Community Fund endeavors, he was especially instrumental in the foundation of the Giants' Until There's a Cure Day - a groundbreaking effort by the organization in an effort to raise money and awareness for finding a cure for AIDS. Beck and his wife, Stacey, founded a Pediatric AIDS camp to provide a place of joy for children inflicted with the disease.

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