MINNEAPOLIS Paul Bargas should have been fighting to work his way through the Minnesota Twins' minor league system. Instead, Bargas was fighting brain cancer.
Bargas recently lost that battle, passing away Tuesday at age 23.
"He was an unbelievable person," said Rob Antony, the Twins' assistant general manager. "There was never a Why me?' in him. There was never any of that stuff. He was very religious and just put it in God's hands."
The Twins acquired Bargas, a left-handed pitcher, from the Colorado Rockies in December 2010 in a trade for catcher Jose Morales. Bargas never pitched after joining Minnesota's minor league system, however, after it was discovered that he had brain cancer.
Antony said Bargas first became ill during his honeymoon with his wife, Victoria. Not long after, he reported to the Twins' spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Just a few days into spring training, however, Bargas again didn't feel well. He was hospitalized and eventually diagnosed with...