Former Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres standout Steve Garvey is battling prostate cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Garvey, a 10-time All-Star and the 1974 National League MVP, told the Times his prostate was removed at UCLA Medical Center in October after his cancer was diagnosed in September.
Garvey, 64, made the announcement in a press release in which he stated he is putting up for auction several personal baseball items, including his MVP trophy. He said 70 percent of the proceeds with go toward prostate cancer awareness.
"I was thrown a pretty good curveball by God," Garvey told The Times' Dylan Hernandez. "I felt I was being challenged to work for prostate awareness for men and the women who love them."
Garvey did not declare that he was completely out of the woods regarding his cancer, "but you want to be cautiously optimistic."
Garvey had worked for the Dodgers in their community relations and marketing department before being fired by Frank McCourt, then the team owner, in 2011 after Garvey had spent time trying to purchase the team.