Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs washours before the start of his team's series against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. He was just 27 years old. The Angels announced the tragic news on Monday afternoon:
Skaggs was a beloved presence in the Angels clubhouse and a highly popular teammate and competitor. Not surprisingly, players, officials, reporters, and teams all across baseball publicly mourned the loss of Skaggs, who also spent time in the Diamondbacks organization. Here's a sampling of the tributes posted on social media Monday evening:
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 (@BauerOutage) July 1, 2019
I just had lunch with Tyler a couple weeks ago. We talked pitching, life. He was so excited about the season. Absolutely gutted. I’m sick— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) July 1, 2019
I can’t believe this, my heart and prayers go out to his wife and family! We lost an amazing human being. Rest In Peace brother— Parker Bridwell (@PBrid91) July 1, 2019
This is a nightmare. Absolute nightmare. Can’t believe it. Don’t want to believe it.— Jared Walsh (@Walshey21) July 1, 2019
In shock now I can’t believe this— Machete Maldonado (@Machete1224) July 1, 2019
RIP Tyler Skaggs. Enjoyed competing against you since we were drafted in 2009. Had of the best left handed curveballs you'll ever see.— Max Stassi (@MaxStassi10) July 1, 2019
The death of Tyler Skaggs has taken my breath away. One of the coolest, nicest, most down-to-Earth people you could ever meet; someone who was really starting to come into his own, too. Devastated for his family, especially his wife and his mom.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 1, 2019
I’m still in shock. Just yesterday, Tyler Skaggs was talking about how badly he wanted to pitch at Dodger Stadium in an Angels uniform. One of the kindest, most straightforward people I’ve met in baseball. I’m devastated for his family and teammates.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 1, 2019
I’m at a loss for words as I’m reading that Tyler Skaggs is no longer with us. He was such an amazing human, kind to everyone, and played with a passion that was infectious. My heart is with his wife Carli, his family and our @Angels family. https://t.co/MEzhqyIoSp— Alex Curry (@Alex_Curry) July 1, 2019
"I am deeply saddened by today's tragedy in Texas. All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler's wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels' teammates and colleagues," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "We will support the Angels' organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler's teammates and other members of the baseball family."
Skaggs, who was set to turn 28 next week, pitched in parts of seven big-league seasons. The left-hander was a first-round pick in the 2009 draft and made his MLB debut for the Diamondbacks in 2012.