Dr. Siegel: Deaths of six former Phillies players from brain cancer must be probed

Dr. Marc K. Siegel, a Fox News medical contributor, stated on Wednesday that a series of brain cancer deaths among former Philadelphia Phillies players should be investigated.

“It’s a cluster, and it needs to be examined. The number of incidents of deadly brain cancer is about three out of 100,000. This is three or four times that or more,” Siegel said on “Fox & Friends” after former Phillies pitcher David West died from brain cancer at age 57.

West, who pitched for the Phillies from 1993 to 96, is the sixth former Phillies player to die of brain cancer. Other deaths included Ken Brett in 2003, Tug McGraw and Johnny Oates in 2004, John Vukovich in 2007, and Darren Daulton in 2017.

While many have theorized in recent years that the since-demolished Veterans Stadium may have played a part, Siegel told Brian Kilmeade that the deployment of radar weapons should be studied as one probable explanation.

“The military has researched microwaves that are given at very high frequency and a lot of exposure. You get hundreds of incidences of the radar gun being used during a game. I’m not saying that’s what it is … but they have got to look more at the radar gun,” he added, adding that chemicals used in ancient Astroturf should also be researched.

Five of the players are former pitchers and catchers, who would be closest to a radar gun, he said.

Former Phillies pitcher Larry Andersen called the situation “confusing,” because while six former players had brain tumors, former grounds crew workers did not. Seeing these fatalities, he said, has been “devastating.”

“I don’t know what to do,” he added, adding that he hasn’t had any headaches or symptoms of illness.

After Daulton was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, then died four years later, longtime Phillies manager and player Larry Bowa questioned whether there was a link. Former Philadelphia Eagles players who played at the same stadium as Siegel have not been diagnosed with brain cancer.