New York Post

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.

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