Tyler Skaggs, a 27-year-old pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, was found dead in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas on Monday. No cause of death has been released yet.
Skaggs and the team were in Texas ahead of their game with the Rangers on Monday night. That game was postponed.
Angels teammates, fans, and the rest of the MLB community have reached out on social media to express their shock and sadness at the news.
Here are a few of those reactions.
Rest In Peace Tyler. My thoughts and prayers are with the Skaggs family, his teammates, and the entire Angels organization. pic.twitter.com/qjmdv4RccO
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) July 1, 2019
The Angels posted a message on their Twitter page yesterday voicing their sorrow at the death of Skaggs.
“Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family,” they wrote.
Angels statement on the passing of Tyler Skaggs. pic.twitter.com/6XA2Vu1uWV
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 1, 2019
Angels center fielder Mike Trout echoed the sentiment of many on the team and throughout the MLB community.
Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli and their families. Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will forever remain in our hearts… we love you, 45. pic.twitter.com/zCO8Ne01Gy
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) July 2, 2019
Chipper Jones, the Hall of Fame third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, noted that Skaggs’ death marks another tragedy in the fraternity of baseball players.
“Please accept the Jones family and entire Braves organizations deepest sympathies,” Jones wrote.
Every so often, we mourn the passing of a baseball brother….one of the fraternity! Sad to hear of the passing of Tyler Skaggs today. To his wife Carli and the entire @Angels organization, please accept the Jones family and entire Braves organizations deepest sympathies! #RIP
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) July 2, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies’ outfielder Andrew McCutchen also echoed what Jones was saying: that members of all baseball teams, though they are in constant competition, they’re all brothers.
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 pic.twitter.com/obofWVKRMU
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) July 2, 2019
Skaggs was always ready to help out in the community. Just last May, Skaggs, along with other Angels and members of the Minnesota Twins, visited sick children at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. Darren Wolfson, a Minneapolis-based news anchor, posted a video of Skaggs, his teammates and the Twins mascot greeting children.
Kudos to #MNTwins reliever Morin, coach Watkins, and alum @glenperkins, along with some Angels players. They put smiles on the faces of patients at St. Paul Children's this morning. pic.twitter.com/qcthj4FGvj
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) May 14, 2019
Nelson Cruz posted a photo with Skaggs and his teammates with a child in the hospital
Sad to hear that another one of our brothers has left us. RIP Tyler Skaggs. Gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/Zrb68VPdqf
— Nelson Cruz (@ncboomstick23) July 1, 2019
While sports commentator Keith Olbermann said he doesn’t believe in curses, he did point out what seemed to be an unusually high number of tragic deaths within the LA Angels family.
I’ll never believe in curses. But: Adenhart, Bostock, Mike Miley, Wantz, Ruiz, Valbuena, and now Tyler Skaggs. It is tragic and harrowing and out of all proportion for just one franchise. https://t.co/0YfaSip6ZU
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 1, 2019
Yankees outfielder and DH Giancarlo Stanton posted a black and white picture of Skaggs on his Instagram page, along with a supportive and uplifting message:
“RIP Bro, My heart goes out to your family
Trevor Bauer wrote on Twitter of happy memories he had with his friend.
“We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together. Your memory, your love for life, everything that made you, you, will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew you. Rest In Peace brother. We love you.”
We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together. Your memory, your love for life, everything that made you, you, will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew you. Rest In Peace brother. We love you. pic.twitter.com/n30eXspS4N
— Trevor Bauer (トレバー・バウアー) (@BauerOutage) July 1, 2019