HARRELSON DIAGNOSED WITH ALZ New York Post 02.09.2018 New York Mets writer Bob Klapisch is reported former Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Klapisch wrote: In October 2015, Harrelson was driving to his condo in Venice, Fla., where he visited after every baseball season. It was an annual trek — he knew the roads by heart. Except this time. “I had no idea where I was,” Harrelson said. “Scared the hell out of me.” That was the beginning of Harrelson’s journey, which will go in only one direction … It starts with memory loss and confusion. In time, the disease progresses to complete cognitive impairment with the shutdown of bodily functions. The timetable varies for each patient, though the 73-year-old Harrelson’s case is still considered mild to moderate. His personality is mostly intact and he’s fully aware of what’s happening to him — and where this is headed. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Harrelson played 16 major league seasons, 13 years with the Mets (1965-1977). He won a Gold Glove (1971) and appeared in two All-Star Games (1970, 1971). Harrelson was a member of the Mets 1969 World Series championship team and the 1973 National League championship. JOIN OUR NEWSLETTERJoin our Mets Rewind mailing list for special offers, exclusive content and more.We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.