SAN DIEGO Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, a relief pitcher for the Phillies in 1990 and '91, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 50.
Akerfelds had been bullpen coach for San Diego since June 2001.
"Ak was an invaluable member of the Padres coaching staff," manager Bud Black said. "He was a loyal Padre to the end. Players and coaches were made better by Ack. He will be sorely missed."
He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010. Last season, Akerfelds attended 148 of the 162, games despite undergoing chemotherapy. He was still with the team in the early part of the season before he finally stopped coming to the ballpark.