The baseball world is currently mourning the death of 27-year-old Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
Skaggs was found in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas, where Southlake Police found that suicide is not expected, neither is foul play.
As of this writing, there is no known reason as to why Skaggs passed away. I’m sure as police investigate what occurred, Skaggs’ body is sent for an autopsy, we should have a legitimate answer as to why he suddenly died.
It’s definitely sad to think about a pitcher in the middle of his career will not be able to take the mound every fifth day.
Skaggs also married his wife after the end of the 2018 MLB season.
Skaggs and I are the same age.
He was going to turn 28 on July 13 and I am going to turn 28 August 14.
Skaggs was likely living out a dream that many including myself wish they could live.
As a child, I dreamed of playing in the majors but somewhere along the way, that dream never came to realization.
Instead, I’m writing about sports, which is one of my bigger passions.
Skaggs’ death has left me wanting to pursue my dreams more, and I want to encourage others to do something they’ve wanted to do for a while and haven’t yet.
While playing Major League Baseball may no longer be feasible, I still have personal goals that I have wanted to accomplish for a while and they are making music of some kind and starting a baseball website.
I’ve had those goals for a while but have not exactly pursued them, but maybe now is the time.
Regardless, I don’t want this column to be about me.
Death is something that happens in life and we must eventually come to accept it.
Major League Baseball has seen several deaths over the years.
The first time I really remember the first time I remember an athlete die during their career was Darryl Kile when he was pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kile died of a heart attack at 33 years old.
I remember how the Cardinals and Cubs matched up shortly after his death and I remember the Cardinals for sure had Kile’s jersey hanging in their dugout.
It was a sad moment for baseball then and these deaths don’t get easier.
Since Kile’s death in 2002, 13 MLB players have lost their life during their career and others have lost it shortly after their careers.
I don’t remember every one, but I do remember Cory Lidle’s in 2006, Nick Adenhart in 2009, Oscar Taveras in 2014, Jose Fernandez in 2016, Yordano Ventura a year later and now Skaggs.
Several of these players were lost as they were either beginning their career’s or entering their prime years.
Adenhart started his first MLB game for the Angels a few hours before he was hit by a drunk driver and was killed in the crash.
Taveras entered the 2014 as the game’s No. 2 prospect behind Minnesota’s Byron Buxton.
He played in 80 games for the Cardinals, according to Baseball Reference, and then was in an accident during that year’s World Series, which killed him and his girlfriend.
Fernandez was one of baseball promising young pitchers at age 24 and was looking like a cornerstone in the rotation for the Miami Marlins.
Nearing the end of the 2016 season, Fernandez died in a boating accident.
I was in shock when I saw his death scroll across MLB Network’s ticker as six days earlier, it was announced he would be a father.
The next day, teammate Dee Gordon hit his first home run that season as he led off the game.
Ventura was 25 and had several antics that didn’t earn appreciation with opposing teams, but he was still a good pitcher for the Royals that struggled in 2016.
He too died in a car accident.
One of the game’s top pitcher during his career Roy Halladay died in 2017 when his amphibious aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Former major leaguers Luis Valbuena and Luis Castillo were both killed in car accident when they were trying to avoid an ambush.
Valbuena had seemingly just wrapped up his career.
These guys got to live out many dreams that many of us wish we could participate in and they were all taken young.
In many ways, it puts things into perspective.
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels canceled Monday’s game and when both teams resume play as well as other MLB games, will rightfully so pay tribute to Skaggs.
Chase your dreams and tell those close you love them.