2019-07-01 22:06:04 UTC
Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has died at age 27
By Mike DiGiovanna
Jul 01, 2019 | 2:50 PM| ARLINGTON, Texas
The Angels announced Monday that pitcher Tyler Skaggs died. The team was
scheduled to begin a series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, but
the game has been canceled.
The Southlake, Texas, police department released the following statement:
"[Monday] at 2:18 p.m. CDT the Southlake Police Department responded to a
call of an unconscious made in a room in the Hilton hotel at 1400 Plaza
Place. Officers arrived and found the male unresponsive, and he was
pronounced deceased at the scene."
The statement went on to say that no foul play is suspected and an
investigation is ongoing.
"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier
today in Texas," the Angels said in a statement.
"Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his
wife Carli and his entire family
during this devastating time.
"There are no other details at this time, please keep Tyler's family in
your thoughts and prayers."
The Angels' clubhouse did not open Monday, although the Rangers had
already begun a news conference when the news of Skaggs' death broke:
"There were a lot of pretty emotional guys in (the clubhouse)," Rangers
manager Chris Woodward said. "Some guys knew him . Some guys who didn't
even know him were physically shaken. It's heartbreaking. You could tell
our guys were pretty upset."
Skaggs, 27, attended Santa Monica High School. He had been one of the
Angels gels' most reliable pitchers this season, going 7-7 with an ERA of
4.29 in 79 2/3 innings.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issued the following statement: "I am deeply
saddened by today's tragedy in Texas. All of us at Major League Baseball
extend our deepest condolences to Tyler's wife, Carli, their family, their
friends and all of his Angels' teammates and colleagues. We will support
the Angels' organization through this most difficult period, and we will
make a variety of resources available to Tyler's teammates and other
members of the baseball family."
Skaggs was a first-round draft pick of the Angels in 2009. He was traded
to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 along with Joe Saunders, Patrick
Corbin and Rafael Rodriguez for Dan Haren and made his major league debut