Former MLB pitcher Jim Corsi died at the age of 60 following a battle with liver and colon cancer, according to Boston.com.
“WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton broke the news that the longtime relief pitcher passed away Tuesday morning at his Bellingham home surrounded by family members,” the publication reported in response to the player’s death.
News of the former MLB player’s death broke just one day after he told Burton that he was “at peace” with his diagnosis during an interview for WBZ.
“I know if I die I’m going to a better place, that’s the No. 1 thing. I feel sorry for everybody I’ll leave behind,” he said.
Corsi’s illustrious career began at Newton North High School and continued when he went on to play for Saint Leo University in Florida and went on to be one of the greatest players his teams ever played with.
He was eventually drafted by the New York Yankees in the 25th round of the 1982 MLB Draft before playing 10 seasons for the major leagues.
Corsi’s decade long run in the MLB dawrfs the average of less than three seasons most of his colleagues get to participate in the highest level of America’s pastime.
During his time in the MLB he posted a 22-24 record with a 3.35 ERA and winning a World Series with the Oakland A’s in 1989 alongside former Red Sox star and current NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley.
“Jim was as friendly as anything to everybody. Everybody had a relationship with him,” Eckersley said of Corsi. “Everything was open with him. His life was an open book.”