20-Year-Old Phillies Pitcher Corey Phelan Has Died of Cancer

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20-Year-Old Phillies Pitcher Corey Phelan Has Died of Cancer

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Terrible news in any case, but to hear this about a 20-year-old player … it’s pretty crushing. You just want to send out as much love as you can to surround those who are hurting.

Corey Phelan, a 20-year-old minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization has passed away. Phelan, a non-drafted free agent signing in 2020, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in April of this year.

“The Phillies family is extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Corey Phelan,” Phillies director of player development Preston Mattingly said in a statement. “Corey’s positive presence and selflessness influenced everyone around him. While he was incredibly passionate about the game of baseball, his love for his family and his strong faith superseded everything else. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, as well as his teammates and staff who were by his side, providing emotional support throughout the course of his courageous battle with cancer.

“Corey is and will always be a special person. His smile lit up a room and everyone who came in contact with him cherished the interaction. His memory will live on, especially with the Phillies organization.”

The deepest condolences go out to Phelan’s family, friends, teammates, and loved ones.

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