Ex-Mets All-Star Catcher John Stearns’ Cause of Death at 71
We have learned about the death of the four-time All-Star, Mr. Stearns at the age of 71. John Stearns’ cause of death hasn’t been shared with the public, although it’s told that he was suffering from cancer.
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Born on August 21, 1951, Bad Dude grew up to become a well-known and respected professional baseball catcher and coach.
After playing a single game for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1974, he played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets from 1975 to 1984.
Stearns used to be a two-sport star in college, besides entering professional baseball after being selected in both the MLB and National Football League drafts.
Before being named third base coach under Lloyd McClendon for the 2014 season, Mr. Stearns served as the catching coordinator for the Seattle Mariners and the interim manager of the minor league Tacoma Rainiers.
Must be noted that the legend underwent surgery for a hiatal hernia prior to spring training. According to the reports at that point, the All-Star John’s slower-than-expected recovery compelled him to resign on March 7, 2014.
As a scout for the 2014 season, he remained still in the Mariners’ organization. John once shared that he was not sure how he would be involved with baseball again after attending a memorial service for his high school baseball coach in 2015.
For those who may not know, this legendary player turned out to be the two-sport star at Colorado, playing both baseball and football. His 16 career interceptions remain the Colorado record as of 2017 for playing as a safety as well as the team’s punter.
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John Stearns’ cause of death has stayed private ever since the death announcement came out; however, several sources have mentioned that he was battling prostate cancer.
A fan wrote: “@AnthonyDiComo RIP John Stearns you were a man’s man, the heart of a lion. The same cannot be said for Davey Johnson, still bitter over his firing. Didn’t make for Keith’s ceremony either. I hear he’s been ill and battled Covid. Couldn’t he have done something via video for both?”
Terry Frei tributed: “RIP John Stearns. A Good Dude. Damn. Passed away at 9:56 last night. He had been at the CU-TCU game to honor Cliff Branch. Part of nice lunch with him recently at Big Bill’s. He was upbeat.”
Please keep the family in prayer and respect the family’s privacy at this time as they all are deep in shock and devastated by this loss.
Anthony DiComo expressed: “Sad news from the Mets as catcher John Stearns has passed away at 71 following a long battle with cancer. In a statement, Sandy Alderson reflected on how Stearns “literally willed himself to attend Old Timers’ Day last month so he could visit friends and old teammates.” RIP.”
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John Stearns’ Illness & Injuries
Following John Stearns’ illness, he had been given a prostate cancer diagnosis, although it was reported that it is expected that he will make a full recovery soon.
Back in January 2022, he was diagnosed with a possibly fatal disease as the source of his symptoms.
Stearns fell and suffered a broken hip as a result in April of this year as he underwent surgery earlier this year for a hernia.
The New York Mets have mentioned that Stearns was suffering from a condition that could prove fatal; however, they are crossing their fingers for a quick recovery.
As it’s said, the injuries were able to end Stearns’ baseball career but did not prevent him from playing for a particularly long time after he retired.
The Milwaukee Brewers made the decision to take a risk on him and hire him to serve as a scout and a coach for their minor league squad in the latter part of 1986.
According to sources, his 1980 season was cut short by the first of several diseases which had troubled the legend during the course of his whole career.
Stearns started the year 1981 in the same place he left it the year before, i.e., on the disabled list. Earlier today, it was shared that John was unwell as doctors anticipated that he would make a speedy recovery.
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