November 24, 2017

Former Phillie Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in Havana

The pitcher was 34.

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Former Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, shown here pitching in a spring training game in 2014, died Thursday in a traffic accident in Havana, Cuba. He was 34.

Former Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died Thursday in a traffic accident in Havana, Cuba, according to El Nuevo Herald.

Gonzalez was 34.

The Phillies confirmed his death on Friday, releasing a statement on Twitter.

"The Phillies are saddened to learn about the passing of former pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez," the statement read. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

Gonzalez appeared as a reliever in six games in September 2014, going 0-1 with a 6.75 earned run average. He struck out five batters in 5.1 innings.

After Gonzalez defected from Cuba, the Phillies signed him to a three-year deal worth $12 million in August 2013. The team had high hopes for the righthander, but he battled injuries.

The Phillies released Gonzalez at the end of spring training in 2016.

Gonzalez is among several former Phillies who died this year.

Dallas Green, manager of the 1980 World Series champions, died on March 22 after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.

Ruben Amaro Sr., a Gold Glove shortstop and the father of a the Phillies' former general manager, died on March 31 in a nursing home after battling a long illness.

Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, who hurled a perfect game on Father's Day in 1964, died on May 26 after suffering a stroke in October 2016.

Three-time All-Star Darren Daulton, the beloved catcher of the 1993 National League champions, died on Aug. 6 after battling brain cancer.

Former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, who pitched two no-hitters in 2010, died on Nov. 7 after he crashed his plane into the Gulf of Mexico.