Mike Schmidt Discloses Cancer Battle

Chemotherapy treatments over, he's ready to broadcast Phillies Sunday games.

Phillies hall-of-famer Mike Schmidt, due to broadcast the team’s Sunday home games this season, this weekend disclosed his recent battle with cancer. MLB.com reports:

He suffered a major scare last August when he visited his dermatologist to check something on his right hand. His doctor recommended a full-body check, where he found a mole on his back. It was Stage 3 melanoma. Two operations, radiation and chemotherapy followed, but Schmidt arrived Sunday morning at Bright House Field in good spirits, talking about his improved health (recent scans have been clear of cancer) and how he plans to broadcast 13 Sunday afternoon games this season in Philadelphia.

“You get scared of the sun, man, I’m telling you,” Schmidt said, repositioning his body so the sun no longer hit his face as he sat at a picnic table just outside the Phillies’ clubhouse. “It’s an evil thing, but we need it.

“Was it scary? If you sit and ponder the possibilities that come from something like this, yeah, it could be. But I’m also the luckiest man alive that I happened to duck into my dermatologist one day. It was kind of a rough road for two to three months. I’m out of it now. Obviously the moral of the story is, everybody, get your skin checked.”

His final treatment was on Valentine’s Day.

Read Howard Altman’s interview with Schmidt on his cancer, his approach to announcing, and his fondness for Roy Halladay.