The 72-year-old former Met is struggling with his health, and is currently on a waiting list for a kidney donor.
The former first baseman, who spent his entire 18-year career in the orange and blue, has been struggling with diabetes for 38 years, and last summer got an infection that led to a hospital visit. Unfortunately, the infection was a result of kidney failure and Kranepool had to have his left big toe amputated earlier this week.
Kranepool is currently on a Stony Brook University hospital waiting list for a kidney donor, according to the report.
"“We’re going to see from here where we’re going to go. I need a kidney. The perfect way to make it work and get the longevity out of it is to get the perfect match. It’s a procedure that two people have to agree on doing. I’ve already gone in for my testing. But you have to be ready to move (if a donor is found) and that could be overnight.”"
In order to fund the potential bill for this procedure, Kranepool is auctioning off his 1969 World Series ring this spring. Goldin Auctions will be handling the auction, and Ken Goldin expects the ring to go for somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000.
Kranepool ranks second on the Mets’ all-time hit list with 1,418 career knocks. He also ranks second in at-bats with 5,436 and leads the all-time list with 1,853 games played as a member of the Mets.
Hopefully for Kranepool’s sake, he can quickly find a kidney donor and can get the procedure done. Mets fans, as they did for 18 seasons in Flushing, are pulling strongly for him.