New York Daily News

Rusty Staub is in a Florida hospital, battling kidney failure. Multiple media have reported his condition as “critical.”

According to reports, doctors are working to control a staph infection that has led to kidney failure. Staub was rushed to the hospital last month after he “collapsed on a golf course … in a weakened, dehydrated condition — which quickly deteriorated when his kidneys began to fail.”

Staub had two tenures with the Mets, from 1972-1975 and 1981-1985. During his nine-year stint in New York, Staub played in 942 games and batted .276. He is second on the Mets all-time leader list for pinch hits (77) and holds the single season franchise record for most outfield assists (19 in 1974).

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