Former Oakland A’s pitcher Jim Corsi shares cancer battle
By David Hill
Jim Corsi had a solid, if somewhat anonymous, career in the majors. The former Oakland A’s middle reliever spent ten years in the major leagues, including three different stints in Oakland. Throughout the majority of his career, he was a dependable arm in the bullpen.
Corsi is now facing an opponent that he cannot defeat. He has terminal cancer, battling Stage 4 liver cancer and colon cancer, sharing that diagnosis in an interview that was recorded in November and aired on Sunday.
Former Oakland A’s pitcher Jim Corsi continues his battle
Sadly, the subsequent weeks have not been kind. According to Chad Finn of the Boston Globe, Corsi’s condition has gotten much worse, with WBZ-TV working to get the segment ready so that he would be able to see it before his passing.
Corsi had a solid major league career. He posted a 3.25 ERA and a 1.332 WHiP over his 481.1 innings, striking out 290 batters with 191 walks. He won a World Series in 1989 and was part of the inaugural Marlins squad in 1993. He had a long and interesting career.
But Corsi has something more important to discuss. He is spending the time he has left to make sure that people know his story and to remind them to get their screenings when they are supposed to. Corsi, having been a former professional athlete, thought that he would not have to worry about anything like the battles he is going through.
At this point, he is using his story as a cautionary tale. He is urging people not to make his mistake and get those tests done so as to have as much time with their families as possible. That is something he wishes he could go back and have a do-over about.
Our thoughts go out to Jim Corsi and his family during this time as he battles terminal cancer, using his time left to get his message out.