david west, a valued member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization, passed away after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57 years old.
The Phillies announced the former lefthanded pitcher’s passing Saturday afternoon.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) May 14, 2022
“The Phillies, along with the rest of the baseball community, grieve the passing of former pitcher David West. West, who pitched for the Phillies for four years, including the 1993 pennant-winning season, was known as an incredibly generous teammate and friend with an unmatched sense of humor. Our thoughts are with David’s family, friends and everyone whose life he touched.”
While West spent four seasons with the Phillies, he also spent time with three other MLB franchises. He began his career with the New York Mets in 1988 and went to the Minnesota Twins shortly after. He spent four years there and became a World Series champion before his time in Philadelphia.
West spent 1993 to 1996 with the Phillies before joining the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, a Japanese professional baseball team. After one year with the Hawks, West spent his last year in the MLB with the Boston Red Sox in 1998.
West’s former Phillies teammates had nothing but fond memories and great things to say about him in light of his passing. The MLB released their statements Saturday afternoon.
Larry Anderson described him as “the ultimate teammate, but an even better friend.” John Kruk gave West credit for the Phillies’ 1993 World Series run, calling him a “great teammate and a funny human being.” Kevin Stocker recalled West’s personality describing his teammate as a “gentle giant who seemed to always have a smile on his face.”