On Monday, baseball fans were saddened by the unexpected news that one of the sport’s shining young stars had died.
The Los Angeles Angels organization made the announcement on Monday that pitcher Tyler Skaggs had been found dead in his hotel room on Monday morning.
The 27-year-old hurler had just pitched against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday and the team had traveled to Texas to play the Rangers on Monday. That game was canceled after Skaggs’ death was discovered.
The Southlake, Texas Police Department issued a statement with details they are permitted to release at this time.
They said that officers “were called to the Hilton hotel at 2:18 PM about an ‘unconscious male in a room.’
SPD went on to say, “Officers arrived and found the male unresponsive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene."
Skaggs was not known to have any ongoing medical condition that should have caused sudden death, but authorities made it clear that they are not investigating it as a homicide.
"At this time, no foul play is suspected. This investigation is ongoing and we will release pertinent information as it is available."
The Angels organization issued a statement saying, "It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas.
"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."
Skaggs, a Santa Monica High School graduate, was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2009.
“He made his MLB debut in 2012 for the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he played until 2013.
“He later returned to the Angels where he's played ever since (he missed the 2015 season due to surgery).”
Even though the team canceled Monday night’s game, the rest of the season will go on as scheduled."
“The rest of the series with the Angels will continue as scheduled starting Tuesday.
Fans and teammates reached out with tributes for the fallen star.
"Fans flock to Angel Stadium to pay their respects to Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs who died earlier today in Dallas"
"So sad to hear the news about the passing of Tyler Skaggs. I could only imagine what his wife, family, friends, and teammates are all going through right now. My deepest sympathies go out to all of them.
"We may all compete against each other, but we are all brothers. Rest in Paradise"
Tyler leaves behind his wife, Carli Miles, whom he married in 2018. At the time. he posted this photo to his Instagram page:
Please join us in praying for all of Tyler's family and friends as they come to terms with this unexpected and tragic loss.