Darrel Akerfelds


SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, who pitched for five seasons in the major leagues, died Sunday pancreatic cancer. He was 50.

Akerfelds had been bullpen coach for San Diego since June 2001.

"Ak was an invaluable member of the Padres coaching staff," manager Bud Black said. "He was a loyal Padre to the end. Players and coaches were made better by Ack. He will be sorely missed."

He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010. Last season, Akerfelds attended 148 of the 162, games despite undergoing chemotherapy. He was still with the team in the early part of the season before he finally stopped coming to the ballpark.

A Denver native, Akerfelds played professional baseball for 12 seasons and appeared in 125 major league games. He was 9-10 with 5.08 ERA pitching for Oakland, Cleveland, Texas and Philadelphia.

Akerfelds was a seventh-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 1983.

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Rest in peace until the God of all tender mercy will call, and you yourself will answer... what a day that will be!!!
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Darrel was an inspiration to many. He touched people's lives in positive ways. I only met this wonderful once in my life but it was enough to see the greatness inside of him...Dalton darrels son was my best friend and I will always love his family

We miss Darrel very much wonderful father to Dalton thanks for all the support god bless to all Rachel Bevis akerfelds

Darrell was a class act and a very nice person, what a sad thing to lose someone like him. What a horrible thing. Alot of people will miss him.

As difficult as death is to bear up under we can find some comfort in knowing that death is a sleeping state (Jo 11:11) that will soon be removed (Ps 37:10,11,29)

Fond memories of Darrel in the Majors specifically with the Phillies . He was a Pitching Coach in the making . My prayers to the Padres organization and the Akerfelds family at this trying time

I know that lossing a loved one so young in death is never easy however God is with those grieving. May God give you comfort and peace at this time. Romans 15:13

My deepest sympathy for your loss.May God grant you comfort and peace during this difficult time.Romans15:13