Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday. He was 27.
Skaggs and the Angels were in Texas to play the Rangers in a series that was scheduled to begin Monday. Their game was postponed.
Local police said in a statement that Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room at 2:18 p.m. local time. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police don’t suspect foul play. A cause of death has not yet been announced.
Here’s what the Angels said about Skaggs’ death:
Skaggs played five years in the Angels organization after breaking into the big leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was originally drafted by the Angels in 2009. He’s from Santa Monica, Calif., and just a day ago told a reporter how he dreamed of pitching against the Dodgers in Dodger Stadium.
In a statement, Tony Clark, head of the MLB Players Association, said:
“The fraternity of players is stunned and saddened today by the untimely death of Tyler Skaggs, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Tyler’s wife, Carli, and the rest of his family, teammates and friends.”
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a 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.”
When news of his passing hit, players from MLB began shared their condolences on social media.
I can’t believe this, my heart and prayers go out to his wife and family! We lost an amazing human being. Rest In Peace brother
— Parker Bridwell (@PBrid91) July 1, 2019
Thoughts and prayers for Tyler Skaggs family. Sad news
— Mr. Irrelevant (@RealJoshReddick) July 1, 2019
RIP to my longtime friend and Little League teammate i love you brotha RIP Tyler Skaggs.
— Ryan Sherriff (@KingSherriff) July 1, 2019