Former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton dies after battle with cancer
Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton has died after a four-year battle with brain cancer, the team announced. He was 55.
Daulton, nicknamed “Dutch,” spent 14 seasons as the Phillies’ catcher. After failing to provide much offense early in his career, Daulton eventually turned himself into an All-Star hitter. In 1992, he hit .270/.385/.524 over 585 plate appearances. He drove in a league-leading 109 runs, earning his first trip to the All-Star Game and winning his first Silver Slugger. Daulton finished sixth in MVP voting that year.
He followed that up with another strong season, reaching the All-Star Game for the second year in a row. Daulton finished seventh in MVP voting in 1993 and helped propel the Phillies to the World Series, where they lost in six games to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Daulton dealt with injuries the next two years, but performed well when healthy. He hit .300 in just 69 games in 1994, and made his final All-Star team in 1995.
Daulton left the game a winner. After starting his 14th and final season with Philadelphia in 1997, he was traded to the Florida Marlins, who would go on to win the World Series over the Cleveland Indians in seven games. Daulton hit .389/.455/.667 during the series. He retired shortly after the Marlins won.
In 2010, Daulton began hosting a show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013.