New York Mets say former major league star Rusty Staub has died at 73

Former Major League Baseball star Rusty Staub has died at the age of 73, the New York Mets announced Thursday.

According to reports, Staub died early this morning due to multiple organ failures in Florida. He had spent the last eight weeks in the hospital due to pneumonia, dehydration and an infection.

Staub played 23 seasons for several teams, including Houston, the Montreal Expos, the Mets, the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers.

The Mets released a statement on Staub's passing:

The Mets family suffered another loss earlier today when Daniel ‘Rusty’ Staub passed away in a West Palm Beach Hospital after an illness. He was almost as well known for his philanthropic work as he was for his career as a baseball player, which spanned 23 seasons. There wasn't a cause he didn't champion. Rusty helped children, the poor, the elderly and then there was his pride and joy The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. A six-time All-Star, he is the only player in major league history to have collected as least 500 hits with four different teams. The entire Mets organization sends its deepest sympathy to his brother, Chuck and sisters Sue Tully and Sally Johnson. He will be missed by everyone.

The New York Mets host their 2018 home opener against the Cardinals later today.

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