In tremendously sad news, former Phillies great Darren Daulton has passed away after a lengthy bout with brain cancer.

Daulton was a force for the Phillies, peaking with a 7.2 fWAR season in 1992 and following it up with another fantastic year in 1993, when Philadelphia captured the National League pennant, losing to Joe Carter’s game seven walk-off.

Daulton retired after 1997, when he won a World Series with the Marlins, having slashed .364/.444/.636 across 10 playoff games.

Daulton had been fighting cancer for years:

Philadelphia Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton has died at 55, the team said Sunday. Daulton was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and had been in remission in 2015. 

Daulton was found to have two brain tumors in June 2013 and, after surgery to remove them, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a highly malignant form of brain cancer, the following month. He underwent radiation, speech therapy and other treatment before announcing he was cancer-free in February 2015.

Daulton is survived by his parents Carol and Dave of Arkansas City, Kansas; one brother, Dave Jr.; of Arkansas City, Kansas; his wife Amanda of Clearwater; and his four children Zachary (27), Summer (17), Savannah (16), Darren Jr. (15), all of whom reside in the Clearwater, Florida, area.

As 2017 continues to remind us, just because a year changes doesn’t mean we stop losing familiar faces far too soon.

[ESPN]

 

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