May 16, 2011, 5:30 PM EST
I would very much like to never have to post about this sort of thing again, but it’s reported today that longtime Royals starter and recent broadcaster Paul Splittorff has throat cancer and melanoma and is near death. He had been suffering from an ailment which affected his voice since early last year, but what the trouble was was unknown until now.
Splittoroff pitched 15 years in the majors, between the years of 1970 and 1984, all with the Royals. He was never the ace of the staff, but he was steady through the 1970s, rising as the Royals rose to competitiveness. He amassed a career mark of 166-143 with a 3.81 career ERA. He pitched effectively in seven playoff games as well.
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