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Former New York Mets Pitcher Has Died At 59

A general view of Citi Field during a Mets game.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches to Dexter Fowler #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning on Opening Day at Citi Field on March 29, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Former New York Mets relief pitcher Jeff Innis, who pitched for the team from 1987-93, has passed away from cancer at the age of 59.

Longtime Mets PR man Jay Horwitz announced Innis' passing earlier today. According to Horwitz, the former sidearmer endured a "long battle" that "speeded up so quickly since the fall."

"We lost one of the good guys today," Horwitz tweeted.

During his seven seasons with the Mets, Innis appeared in 288 games, all but one in relief. He was 10-20 with five saves and a 3.05 ERA in his career.

Innis helped the Mets win the 1988 NL East title and led the team in appearances in each of his last three seasons. His best campaign came in 1992, when he went 6-9 with a 2.86 ERA in a career-high 76 appearances.

A GoFundMe had been created to help transport Innis from a Houston hospital where he was being treated to his home in Georgia. It will also help cover his hospital care and funeral expenses.

Our thoughts are with Innis's friends and family at this time.