Former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton died on Sunday at the age of 55 as a result of brain cancer, the team announced in a press release. Daulton underwent surgery for glioblastoma in July 2013.
Daulton spent parts of 14 seasons in the majors, 13 and a half of which came with the Phillies. Most memorably, he helped the 1993 Phillies reach the World Series, where they lost in six games to the Blue Jays. Over his career, Daulton hit .245/.357/.427 with 137 home runs and 588 RBI. He spent most of his career behind the plate, but played some first base and right field when the Phillies traded him to the Marlins in July 1997.
Phillies Chairman Emeritus Bill Giles said in a statement, “Darren was a true leader of men. The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership. In addition to being an outstanding clubhouse leader, he was also a fighter. He battled through five knee operations to become an All-Star. I really enjoyed watching him for 14 years in uniform. Darren was a super human being. His teammates loved him, I loved him like he was one of my own. In fact, he called me ‘Uncle Bill.'”
Daulton was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2010.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.