Carlos Silva, who was the producer and engineer for Yankees games on WCBS Radio 880 AM for eight seasons, died Sunday morning after battling cancer. He was 50.
Silva was a native of Caracas, Venezuela, and worked 24 seasons in baseball, the last 13 of which came with the Yankees. The 2013 season also marked his third producing and conducting interviews in Spanish for yesnetwork.com
Silva had been battling esophageal and stomach cancer since 2012 but was able to continue working. In December 2012, he told the New York Daily News his condition began to worsen in July.
"I started feeling sick after the All-Star Game," Silva told the Daily News. "When I got back from the break, I had trouble swallowing food and even liquid. I figured it was an allergy or something, so I didn't pay much attention to it. It got worse during the next three months until the end of the season."
Silva also worked for ESPN Radio, Phillies Spanish radio and for the NBA's Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets in his career.
Silva, who resided in Lutz, Fla., during the offseason, is survived by his wife, Teresa, and their children Leslie, Kimberly and Matthew.
Those wishing to help the Silva family can send a check to the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund, marked "For the Carlos Silva Family," to:
SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund
℅ Bryant Bank, Attn: Heike Harris
1550 McFarland Boulevard N
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406