Former Tigers star Kirk Gibson: "I have Parkinson's"

A new addition to the Detroit Tigers has been notably absent since Opening Day. It's not anybody on the field, but a former player who was in the broadcast booth for day one but absent ever since: Kirk Gibson.

In the offseason, Gibson was added to the Detroit Tigers' broadcast booth. He was there for Opening Day against the Twins but taken the last few weeks off. On Tuesday, we learned why he's been gone.

He told FOX Sports Detroit that he underwent a series of test and has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He released this statement to FOX Sports Detroit:

"I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles. While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible."

FOX Sports Detroit said it would welcome Gibson back when possible and they look forward to his return.

Parkinson's is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. Actor Michael J. Fox and former boxer Muhammad Ali are the two most famous cases of people with Parkinson's disease.

Gibson was born in Pontiac, grew up in Waterford, and went to Michigan State where he played both football and baseball. He was drafted in the NFL and MLB (by the Tigers) and chose baseball over football. He was a key member of the 1984 World Series Championship team but is perhaps best known for the game-winning pinch-hit homerun in game one of the 1988 World Series against the Oakland Athletics. 

The hobbled right fielder injured his knees after slipping and falling on wet grass in the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. 
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