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Ex-Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre ‘doing better’, says wife

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Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Former New York Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre is “doing much better” after his son Todd announced that he was “fighting for his life” in a hospital.

According to Stottlemyre’s wife, Jean, the 75-year-old former pitcher and pitching coach for the Yankees “is not in a life-threatening situation now”.

“He’s doing much better,” Jean said Saturday. “We saw a big turnaround with Mel over the last 24 hours. He’s not in a life-threatening situation right now.”

Stottlemyre was admitted to a Seattle-area hospital Wednesday due to a “bad reaction to his chemotherapy medicine”, according to his wife.

Stottlemyre was diagnosed with multiple myeloma , a deadly blood cancer, in 1999 when he was coaching with the Yankees. He underwent stem-cell treatment in 2000 and continued to coach until retiring after the 2005 season.

Stottlemyre pitched 11 seasons for the Yankees from 1964 to 1974 and was a five-time All-Star, compiling a career record of 164-139, with 3 20-win seasons.

He was their pitching coach for four World Series titles (1996, 1998-2000) and also was the pitching coach on the Mets’ 1986 world championship team.

In 2015, the Yankees honored Stottlemyre with a plaque in Monument Park.

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