Former Padres left-hander Randy Jones, who spent eight seasons with the team and won the 1976 National League Cy Young Award, announced Tuesday he was cancer-free.
Jones had been battling throat cancer after receiving the diagnosis during December of last year.
“It’s an emotional day for me, with what I’ve been through,” Jones told Padres.com. “All the support has been great. I know there’s still a lot of work to do. I don’t mind weighing 173 [pounds], but I think I should weigh a little more than that right now. Overall, I’m just thrilled that all the hard work the last few months has worked out, and I’m cancer-free.”
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According to Padres.com, Jones, 67, is still with the team in an advisory role and was named director of alumni this past offseason. He also threw out the first pitch at the Padres’ home opener against the Giants on April 7 and at last year’s All-Star Game at Petco Park.
Following his December diagnosis, Jones finished his radiation treatment on Feb. 1 before receiving the call he was cancer-free on Tuesday.
“The Padres fans and the response that I got have been overwhelming to me,” Jones told Padres.com. “It’s been phenomenal. Maybe it shouldn’t have come as a surprise.”
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