Tyler Skaggs, angel thrower, found dead at 27

Tyler Skaggs, angel thrower, found dead at 27

Skaggs was found dead in a hotel room on Monday, according to Texas officials, where the Angels were scheduled to play against the Rangers. The game was postponed quickly.

Los Angeles Angels starter Tyler Skaggs died Monday in a hotel room several hours before his team played against the Texas Rangers, the team and local officials said.

The death of Skaggs caused a rapid postponement of the game after the alignments had been announced.

Angels officials refused to comment beyond a statement announcing the death. "Tyler has been, and always will be, an important part of Angel's family," the statement said.

Police in Southlake, Texas, said they had found Skaggs, 27, dead in a hotel room after answering a call about an unconscious man. They said they did not suspect foul play. A spokeswoman for the Tarrant County medical examiner's office said she had not received the body of Skaggs yet.

Shortly after the news of the death, fans began visiting the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, to build a memorial made of flowers, caps, balloons and other items. An electronic sign on a closed door at the park entrance read: "Tyler Skaggs, 1991-2019."

Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees, who died with the sudden death of his Marlins teammate, Jose Fernandez during the 2016 season, posted a long message to the Angels on Instagram, offering advice to cope with that loss.

Stanton said that players should expect to feel a bit of anger over the duel "in a fish tank," and I encouraged the team to stay together through that.

"The first days back to the schedule are the strangest feelings," Stanton wrote, "from energy to questions until you have to go through your locker."

Skaggs was in his seventh season in the majors, his fifth with the Angels; He was 7-7 with an average of 4.29 earned runs in 15 starts this season. His last start was Saturday at home, a 4-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

On Sunday he published a photo on Instagram showing his teammates outside his plane wearing cowboy hats before the series in Texas. "Hi, all of you," he read the title, followed by a smiling face emoji wearing a cowboy hat.

Los Angeles has been persecuted by tragedy in recent years. Luis Valbuena, a 32-year-old infielder, died in Venezuela last December after highway robbers ambushed his car, which crashed. Another important former player, José Castillo, also died in the accident.

In 1978, Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock was fatally shot while driving after a game in Chicago. A former reliever, Donnie Moore, committed suicide in 1989, less than a year after his last game with the team.

More recently, pitcher Nick Adenhart, a 22-year-old rookie, was killed by a drunken driver a few hours after making his season debut in 2009. This month of April, Skaggs forwarded the Los Angeles Times article on Adenhart in the tenth anniversary of his final game.

"You sit there and start thinking: 'What kind of career would Nick have in baseball?' Said former angel Kevin Jepsen in that article. "And I'm sure it would have been great."

Skaggs had more time than Adenhart to give a portrait of the type of pitcher he would be. Skaggs made 96 starts in seven seasons, with a 28-38 mark at 4.41 E.R.A. But as a young southpaw, I still have a great promise, and I have beaten the Toronto Blue Jays and the St. Louis Cardinals in consecutive starts on the road this June, allowing one run and no walk in a combined total / 3 innings.

Los Angeles always had high hopes for Skaggs, and they acquired it twice. He was signed as a first-round pick in the Santa Monica High School draft in California in 2009, moved to the Arizona Diamondbacks a year later and brought back in 2013. Skaggs became a regular part of the rotation, and Although he often battled injuries, he had made all of his starts this season and led the team in pitched innings.

Mike Trout, the Angels' star, tweeted the condolences to the Skaggs family and said the team's sadness defied the words. Then I say goodbye to the young pitcher with a reference to his uniform number. "Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will always remain in our hearts ... we love you, 45".

Skaggs got married last year and had friendships in the game that spread more beyond Los Angeles.

"I just had lunch with Tyler a couple of weeks ago," wrote former main pitcher Phil Hughes on Twitter. "We talked about pitching, life, I was very excited about the season, absolutely gutted."

Trevor Bauer, the Cleveland Indians right-hander who played with Skaggs in Arizona, wrote: "We came together, we won together, we laughed and celebrated together, today we all lose and weep together, your memory, your love for life, everything that he did to you, you will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew you. "