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Beloved former San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan had to be rescued off the waters near Puerto Nuevo beach in Puerto Rico, according to local media accounts.
Telemundo reports Pagan, former minor leaguer Orlando Roman, and a teenager were boating in the area about 30 miles from San Juan when bad weather hit Tuesday. According to police, a 15-foot wave incapacitated the craft, and Pagan and Roman had to signal for help. The Maritime Unit of Puerto Rico’s Joint Forces of Rapid Action arrived at the scene to help the stranded crew.
According to Telemundo, Roman had to receive medical attention for a head injury. Pagan and the minor were unharmed.
Pagan, who played for the Giants from 2012-16, grew up in Rio Piedras, and was drafted, along with Roman, by the New York Mets in 1999. He won a World Series title with the Giants in 2012, and entered free agency in 2017. The outfielder said he didn’t receive any contract offers that were more enticing than simply spending more time with his family.
“I am now dedicating myself to focusing more on my family,” Pagan told El Vocero in 2017. “Devoting the time that my family deserves. I’ve spent a lot of time away from home.”
He ended up sitting out the 2017 season and hasn’t returned to professional baseball since.
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