Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, found dead in hotel room

Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, found dead in hotel room

After he was hired a year ago, Ausmus said he had lunch with Skaggs in Santa Monica, where Skaggs went to high school.

Skaggs' body was found in a Hilton hotel room in Southlake on Monday afternoon. When officers arrived, they found Skaggs unresponsive. The cause of his death has not been given, and officials said an autopsy would be performed Tuesday.

The Angels were scheduled to play the start of a four-game series against the Texas Rangers on Monday evening, but the game has been postponed.

"Yesterday was probably the toughest, one of the toughest games I've played in a long. ever", Mike Trout, a close friend of Skaggs', said Wednesday.

Angels manager Brad Ausmus said the team had met twice to celebrate the life of the hard-throwing lefty, who had become a key part of their starting rotation, posting a 7-7 record this season.

"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".

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred also issued a statement. Police in Southlake, Texas, said they were investigating, but that no foul play was suspected.

Fernandez, a former All-Star pitcher, died on September 25, 2016 in a boating accident, and the Marlins' game that day was postponed. I was writing for FanSided's Diamondbacks page, Venom Strikes, when both of these players made their big league debuts for the Diamondbacks. "I got 100 messages in my phone right now, and it's all the love, all the people that love him".

So far this season he has started 15 games, most recently on 29 June against the Oakland Athletics.

The Angels won 9-4, and one of the most touching moments of the game came when Kole Calhoun homered and pointed to the sky in honor of Skaggs.

Skaggs was a Southern California native, graduating from Santa Monica High School, before becoming a supplementary first round pick to the Angels in 2009. Skaggs was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 but was traded back to the Angels in 2013.

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