A death in the baseball family is always a terrible tragedy. Tommy Hanson, starting pitcher for the Angels, passed away on Monday night. He was only 29 years old. According to a number of news sources, "Hanson suffered 'catastrophic organ failure' on Monday, and had been hospitalized since early Sunday morning."
Tommy Hanson pitched at the Major League level for 5 seasons, between 2009 and 2013. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2005 draft and was the #1 prospect in their organization at one point. He posted an 11-4 record with a 2.89 ERA in his rookie season when he came in 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting. Each year after that his numbers slipped, and after four seasons, he was traded to the Angels. His last major league game was on September 28, 2013, where he pitched 3 innings of scoreless relief. He bounced around with a number of minor league teams, trying to make a comeback. His last minor league contract was this past May with the San Francisco Giants.
John Schuerholz, president of the Atlanta Braves, made the following statement:
"We are incredibly saddened to learn of Tommy's tragic passing, He was a favorite in our clubhouse and with our staff and he will truly be missed by everyone in Braves Country. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family, former teammates and friends."
Seeing baseball players die at such a young age is tragic. Like my boss, Mr. Casey, texted to me earlier today, "I can't wrap my head around that". Say a prayer for his wife and family.
--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Senior Staff Writer
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