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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores, 17, dies of cancer

Terrible news. This must be devastating to his family.

Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores died Wednesday of complications from cancer at the age of 17, the team announced. He had been hospitalized in Boston, receiving treatment.

“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us.

“On behalf of the Red Sox organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Daniel’s family.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:45 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: November 08, 2017 at 07:53 PM (#5573268)
#######, 17 years old. Awful.
   2. AndrewJ Posted: November 08, 2017 at 08:15 PM (#5573280)
Turned 17 less than three weeks ago -- yeah, he was born after January 1, 2000. Condolences to his family and the Sox organization.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 08, 2017 at 08:58 PM (#5573286)
Wow. A quick check indicates he was signed this summer, and touted by some as the best international signing at catcher since Gary Sanchez. Not sure this was something discovered in a post-signing physical or later, but awfully quick either way. A terriblel break for Flores and his family.
   4. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: November 08, 2017 at 10:36 PM (#5573300)
Fwiw, he died of treatment complications, not the cancer itself.
   5. Voodoo Posted: November 08, 2017 at 11:36 PM (#5573309)
Fwiw, he died of treatment complications, not the cancer itself.

What does that even mean???
   6. Textbook Editor Posted: November 09, 2017 at 12:08 AM (#5573313)
What does that even mean???

Well, depending on the type of cancer, treatments can (and often are) almost as deadly as the cancer itself. Chemo can/will wipe out the immune system such that you're susceptible to any number of serious infections, viruses, etc. But sometimes aggressive treatments are the only way to hope for a full recovery + cancer-free prognosis (as I'm sure, as a 17-year old, you'd hope for).

I've seen a lot of kids in the oncology clinic over the years who did not look well *at all* but were soldiering on as bravely as possible, because the only hope for a positive treatment outcome was to go through pure, unadulterated hell for 50+ weeks of chemo (or chemo & radiation, or chemo, radiation, and stem cell transplants, or... you get the idea). I know most people would say cops/soldiers/etc. are the bravest of the brave, but I've seen 4 year olds trying to play checkers or paint pictures for their parents while hooked up to a toxic brew that they've endured every week for 50 weeks, caused all their hair to fall out, and leaves them so drained they have trouble breathing when drawing a picture... but still being able to giggle at a funny TV show, or at a clown doing magic tricks in the treatment center... They're the brave ones in my book.

Bad stuff happens in treatment--it absolutely does. It's horrible that it seems to be the case here. RIP.
   7. stealfirstbase Posted: November 09, 2017 at 12:26 AM (#5573317)
Fwiw, he died of treatment complications, not the cancer itself.

Sadly, not a rare enough outcome.
   8. Tin Angel Posted: November 09, 2017 at 12:32 AM (#5573318)
How awful. Imagine being a kid on a path to the majors and then this. Just terrible.
   9. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: November 09, 2017 at 12:56 AM (#5573325)
How awful. Imagine being a kid on a path to the majors and then this. Just terrible.

When I was in high school we were playing a team with a big star QB, but small town high star, you know what I mean? He broke his leg against us. When they examined him at the hospital they found his bones were just destroyed with cancer. He went from fine to gone in a couple of weeks. I guess he'd have been about the same age. Cancer is a dick.
   10. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: November 09, 2017 at 07:17 AM (#5573334)
#### cancer

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