Relief pitcher Rod Beck, June 23 Rod Beck, a relief pitcher who wore a bushy mustache while earning 286 career saves, was found dead on June 23. He was 38. Foul play is not suspected, though the cause of death was unknown at publication date. The outgoing right-hander was a three-time All-Star who twice led the NL in saves. Beck was popular with his teammates, reporters and fans, but battled personal demons late in his life. He abruptly left the San Diego Padres for a two-month stint in drug rehabilitation during his final season in 2004.
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