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Twins Great Harmon Killebrew Diagnosed With Esophageal Cancer

One of the truly legendary figures in Minnesota Twins history, Harmon Killebrew, announced today that he has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

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He and his family released the following statement:

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"With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life," Killebrew said in the statement. "I am being treated by a team of medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic. While my condition is very serious, I have confidence in my doctors and the medical staff, and I anticipate a full recovery.

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The Mayo Clinic he's referring to is the one closer to his home in Arizona (where Vikings' wide receiver Percy Harvin recently went for assistance with his migraine headaches), not the one in Minneapolis.

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Killebrew spent 21 seasons with the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins, and ended his career with one season with the Kansas City Royals. His 573 career home runs still rank eleventh on the all-time list, and his eight seasons of 40 or more home runs is still tied with Babe Ruth for second place all-time in that category. He was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1969, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Harmon Killebrew and his family in their time of need.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.