According to CSN Philly, former Phillies catcher Todd Pratt has been battling head and neck cancer. He says that he discovered a lump last year while shaving and was later diagnosed. Pratt claims to be "a healthy guy again" and hopes for the same for former teammate Darren Daulton.
Pratt, 46, played eight seasons with the Phillies appearing in 299 games. During his time in Philadelphia the catcher batted .256/.357/.412 with 28 home runs and 114 RBIs. Pratt played 14 years in the majors appearing in 662 games while batting .251/.344/.398 with 49 home runs and 224 RBIs.
We analyzed the possibility of the turf at Veterans Stadium potentially playing a part in players developing cancer later on down the road. Since our article, the theory has gained some serious steam in Philly.com and USA Today among others with this Pratt case as another example. It is strange that Daulton and Pratt both have been diagnosed with brain/head cancer within the same 12 month period.
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