Good news: Reds 3B coach Mark Berry is cancer-free

There's very good news for Mark Berry and the Reds. (USATSI)
There's very good news for Mark Berry and the Reds. (USATSI)

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Back in March, Reds third-base coach Mark Berry announced that he was batting cancer of the tonsils and surrounding lymph nodes. Now, courtesy of John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, comes much happier news: Berry is now cancer-free.

Here are Berry's remarks on the recent PET scan that gave him that good news: 

"It wasn't only clean, it was really clean. They showed me the slides side-by-side. The cancer shows up bright green. You could see it on the first slide. The second slide was all gray -- not only in my neck but the lymph nodes, too. ... 

"This is a tremendous relief. What we do is a game -- don't get me wrong we all take it seriously -- but this is life and death. I saw a lot of people who had it a lot worse than me."

Berry, 50, is a Reds lifer. He was selected in the sixth round of the 1984 draft and then spent seven seasons in the minor-league system. After his playing days, Berry became a coach for the Charleston Wheelers, then a Reds affiliate, and has served as the Reds' third base coach since 2004.

Our best wishes go out to Berry for continued good health.

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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