Funeral services for fallen Minor League baseball player and former Harborfields star Corey Phelan begin later today at Nolan Funeral Home in Northport.
Phelan of Huntington died on Wednesday after battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer since he was diagnosed in April. He was 20 years old.
Visitation will take place today and tomorrow, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. on both days, at the funeral home, which is located at 5 Laurel Ave. in Northport. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, located at 53 Prospect Road in Centerport, on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Phelan, a left-handed pitcher, excelled for Harborfields High School as a junior during the 2019 season. Following the cancellation of the 2020 high school season due to COVID-19, he was signed by the Phillies as an undrafted free agent.
Phelan pitched 9 2/3 relief innings, giving up just one earned run, in 2021 for the Rookie-level Phillies of the Florida Complex League.
“The Phillies family is extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Corey Phelan,” a representative of the Phillies organization said in a statement issued Thursday. “Corey’s positive presence and selflessness influenced everyone around him. While he was incredibly passionate about the game of baseball, his love for his family and his strong faith superseded everything else. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, as well as his teammates and staff who were by his side, providing emotional support throughout the course of his courageous battle with cancer.”
Phelan is survived by his parents, Chris and Christie; three siblings, Connor, Colin and Caleigh, grandparents, Eileen and John Phelan and Barbara Hoerner; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Top photo: Corey Phelan during a visit to Citi Field in Queens.