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Uecker needs open heart surgery

Former Cardinals catcher Bob Uecker, a member of the 1964 World Series champions, unfortunately needs another open heart surgery.

Uecker had heart valve replacement surgery in April and it went well. But, according to published reports, he developed a staph infection that is believed to have weakened the area around the replacement valve. A tear has developed there and needs to be repaired.

"I'm approaching this with the same optimism that I had the first time, and I appreciate all of the kind thoughts and well wishes from Brewers fans and everyone who has reached out to me," Uecker said in a statement through the Brewers. He has been a broadcaster for Milwaukee for 40 years.

A career .200 hitter, Uecker is better known for making fun of his allegedly poor baseball skills than he was for playing the game. He made a second career out of poking fun of himself in beer commercials and on television shows. His comedic skills and his broadcasting career also helped lead him to his famous role as Cleveland Indians broadcaster Harry Doyle in the Major League movies starring Tom Berringer and Charlie Sheen.

Best wishes to one of baseball's best ambassadors.