Darrel Akerfelds was the Padres' bullpen coach until his passing.

SAN DIEGO -- Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff, lost his nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday in Phoenix. He was 50.

Akerfelds, who was in his 11th season with the team in that role, hadn't been in uniform with the Padres since April 15 in Los Angeles.
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Alou died last year, but his death was never mentioned here. He spent the final year of his career with the Padres, hitting .198 in 48 games. Of note, he did score eight runs and hit three doubles during his short tenure with the team.

Santo Domingo.- One of the most inconic Major League Baseball greats from the Dominican Republic, Mateo Rojas Alou (Matty Alou) died early Thursday in Miami of unspecified ailment.

Alou, one of the famous brothers Jesus and Felipe, who all started with the San Francisco Giants in the 1060s, crowned his career while playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969, when he won that National League Batting title with an average of .342.

Dominican Olympic Committee president Luisin Mejia made the announcement on Channel 9 Thursday morning.

I also noticed that no one mentioned Dick Williams' passing here. He led the Padres to a National League pennant in 1984 and, in four years with the team, never led the team to a losing record. 337 of his 1,571 career wins came with the Padres.

Dick Williams, the hard-nosed Hall of Fame manager who achieved the rare feat of taking three different teams to the World Series, died on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 82.

His death was reported by Major League Baseball on its Web site. The cause was believed to be a brain aneurysm.
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