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Padres bullpen coach diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year

Updated: December 5, 2011, 9:22 PM ET
By Tom Friend | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in 76 days. But at one major league camp, they will be waiting on a coach.

If or when he arrives, they will place a water bottle on his locker-room chair. They will concoct a seaweed and garlic shake for him in the clubhouse kitchen. They will lay out small, medium and large uniforms for him, depending on how much he weighs. They will do everything in their power to make this the best spring of his life.

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