Following a very fun come-from-behind win yesterday afternoon, we were hit with the very unfortunate news of the passing of Darren Daulton.
“Dutch” lost his 4-year battle with brain cancer at the young age of 55 years old.
As a well documented leader of the 1993 National League Champion Phillies, Dutch will be missed by many, including a great friend of his, current Phillies color man John Kruk. As a former teammate of Daulton, Kruk said of his friend’s passing, “He not only became a leader and a friend… we became brothers.”
In 14 seasons on the field with the Phillies, Dutch was a 3-time all-star (1992, 1993, 1995) and he enjoyed his best seasons as a big leaguer in 1992 and 1993, hitting 27 home runs with 109 RBI in ’92 and helping the NL champs in ’93 with 24 home runs and 105 RBI.
Dutch was also a part of the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins, for which he hit .389 (7-18) in the World Series to help the Marlins win their first ring.
Off the field, Dutch was very well regarded as a spectacular human being, and the courage and fight he showed throughout his 4-year fight with cancer inspired everyone from fans to players alike around the Phillies family.
Luckily, the Phillies have an off day today, so they will most definitely be taking time to reflect on the life of a wonderful player and a wonderful man.
Dutch, you will surely be missed. Thanks for the memories and thank you for inspiring us all and showing that fight that we all need. We will never forget you.
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