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Twins minor leaguer Paul Bargas dies of cancer

Jun 27, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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This is truly awful: Twins minor league pitcher Paul Bargas has died of brain cancer. He was only 23.

Bargas was a 13th-round pick of the Rockies in 2009 and pitched at low Single-A in 2010. The Twins traded for him after that. He had to leave spring training in 2011 with what was first termed a “neurological condition,” but later diagnosed as cancer. He tried a comeback this past winter, but he never pitched in a game again.

The Twins released a statement earlier today:

“Paul had been battling a rare form of cancer for over a year and on Tuesday night he lost his battle. Paul was an incredible young man who displayed a phenomenal ability to stay positive through all of this and we at the Twins feel honored to have known him.”

Chip Scoggins of the Star-Tribune wrote a column about Bargas last winter.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Far, far too young. Rest in peace, Paul.

  2. stex52 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    As I get older, I think there is nothing sadder to me than the loss of a young man or woman poised on the verge of adult life. Condolences to family and friends.

  3. btwicey - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    So so sad.

  4. broncobrewer - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Wow just wow. I feel really bad for his family

  5. skids003 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Thanks for the post, Craig. So sad, condolences to family and friends.

  6. sabatimus - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Oh GOD :(

  7. butchhuskey - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Excuse the profanity, but f**k cancer. That is all.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      If there’s ever cause to warrant profanity on here, it’s for a post like yours. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

      May the Heavenly Father give peace and comfort to the Bargas family.

  8. Brian Murphy - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I can relate as I lost my mother to brain cancer a few weeks ago. She was only 55 years old.

    But for a 23-year-old athlete to be taken off this earth due to the same disease? I don’t know what else to do other than send my deepest sympathies and shake my head.

  9. cosanostra71 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    RIP Paul and condolences to your family and teammates

  10. Diana - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Tragic. One has no words for this kind of robbery. Let us hope his family can find solace and peace in that he suffers no more.

  11. stlouis1baseball - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Rest in Peace Paul. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

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