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Parker has Parkinson’s

Seven-time major league All-Star Dave Parker is dealing with Parkinson’s disease. Parker told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with the disease in February 2012. “I went in for a physical, went through the whole physical and my hand was shaking,” Parker said by telephone. “The docs saw it and I said I’ve been having problems with that. They said ‘Yeah, you got Parkinson’s.’ That’s how I found out.” Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder that gradually takes a toll on the nervous system. Parker, 62, said his older sister is also suffering from Parkinson’s. The 1978 National League MVP is able to get by without medication at this point and relies on a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. “I’m managing it pretty well,” he said. – AP

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