Darren Daulton diagnosed with two brain tumors

Darren Daulton diagnosed with two brain tumors

June 27, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Former Phillies catcher and current radio personality Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with two brain tumors, according to a statement from 97.5 FM The Fanatic.

Daulton hosts a show on 97.5 FM called "Talking Baseball with Dutch," which airs weeknights during the season.

From the Fanatic: "Darren Daulton has not been feeling well over the past two weeks. He went to the doctor who discovered two brain tumors and is scheduled for surgery early next week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this difficult time. Of course we want to respect his privacy at a time like this, but if you would like to send him get well wishes you may do so at dutch@975thefanatic.com."

Phillies president David Montgomery released a statement Thursday afternoon: "We’re saddened by the news about Darren. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time. We, along with our fans, are praying for a full recovery."

Daulton played for the Phillies from 1983-1997 and finished his career with the Florida Marlins in '97, winning a World Series in his final season. Daulton was a three-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger award in 1992.

"[I'm] Shocked, number one," Phillies general manager and former teammate Ruben Amaro Jr. said, according to the team's website. "I'm disappointed, number two. All I can do is think about him and pray for him. I was a very, very close friend for a lot of years when I played with him as a teammate and even since then. I hadn't heard anything about it. I guess some people knew something was going on. It's sad. It's very sad. All I can do is pray and hope."

He was the leader of the Phillies' 1993 National League championship team and was inducted to the Phillies' Wall of Fame in 2010.

"I think [former Phillies manager] Jim Fregosi did an amazing job," Amaro said. "I wasn't in the organization at the time when Jim kind of empowered him to be the guy. Dutchie has always been kind of a fun-loving guy. He liked to have a good time, but I think there was a time when Jim felt ... my understanding the process was he kind of anointed him the leader. He gave him the responsibility of taking the team under his own wing, which he did very, very well. I remember sitting in the clubhouse myself, if you screwed up on the field, if you did something he didn't like, all he had to do is look at you. You knew you screwed up and you knew you would be expected not to screw up again.

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