Former MLB base-stealer Dave Roberts battling Hodgkin's

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Dave Roberts, a former MLB outfielder known for his prolific base-stealing prowess, and who now works as a special assistant in the San Diego Padres' baseball operations department, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma this past spring and has begun treatment including chemotherapy.

Despite suffering some tough days following chemo, Roberts told MLB.com that his "spirits continue to be high and, if you know me, they will continue to be. I expect to be fully recovered."

During ten MLB seasons, Roberts was a career .266 hitter, accumulating 243 stolen bases over that time span, including stealing second base for the Red Sox against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. The steal put Roberts in scoring position, allowing the Sox to win and kickstarting their unprecedented comeback from being down three games to zero to win the ALCS and ultimately, the World Series.

By Ross Bonander

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