Corey Phelan, a minor-league pitcher for the Philadephia Phillies has passed away. The team made the announcement on Thursday. He was twenty-years old. Phelan passed away after a long battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In 2020, he signed as an undrafted agent free of charge after graduating high school.
“The Phillies family is extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Corey Phelan,”The team released 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 While he was incredibly passionate about the game of baseball, his love for his family and his strong faith superseded everything else.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.”
RIP #PhilliesCorey Phelan was a 20-year old pitching prospect who died after a fight with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He was 18 years old in 2021. He went 1-0, 0.93 ERA and 1.138 WHIP over five games. 🙏🏻⚾️❤️ pic.twitter.com/t9mqsxmSSJ
— PHILLIES BELL IN RED OCTOBER 🇺🇸 (@philliesbell) October 14, 2022
“Corey is and will always be a special person. His smile lit up the room and everyone who came in contact with him cherished the interaction. His memory will live on, especially with the Phillies Organization.”Phelan was the rookie-level Phillies’ 2021 relief pitcher. He gave up only one run in his first season. In April this year, he was diagnosed as having cancer. Phelan visited them in May during their game against the New York Mets.
“It was awesome. I can’t put into words how awesome it was,”Later that night, Phelan spoke. “Every time I can watch them on TV, depending on what channel they are playing on, I watch them and I root for them every game. I love watching them play. They bring my spirits up.”
“He is going through some hard times right now,” Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola said after Phelan’s visit. “The hard times that we go through in baseball doesn’t compare to what he is going through. The positivity that he showed — his faith and belief that God has it under control. Obviously, it shows what kind of person that he is, what kind of man he is. The guys in the clubhouse saw that.”
The Phillies are currently playing the Braves in divisional series. After finishing the year with an impressive 87-75 record, they qualified for the postseason. The Phillies defeated St. Louis Cardinals last weekend in the wild-card round.