Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in a hotel room Monday, hours before his team was scheduled to face the Texas Rangers. He was 27.
The news of Skaggs’ death shocked the baseball world, sparking a wave of tributes on social media and leaving his current and former teammates to mourn the death of a friend. The Angels’ game against the Rangers was postponed, but the two teams will play Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. ET.
The Tarrant County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release a cause of death, and many questions remain unanswered. But here’s what we know about Skaggs’ death so far.
Authorities have yet to reveal much information about what might have led to Skaggs’ death. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Southlake (Texas) Police Department said in a statement that it received a call about an unconscious man in a room at a Hilton hotel around 2:18 p.m. on Monday. The man was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
Police said in the statement that they do not immediately suspect foul play. And a police spokesperson told The Los Angeles Times that “suicide is not suspected.”
The Southlake Police Department said it is continuing to investigate Skaggs’ death.
Who was Tyler Skaggs?
Skaggs was a starting pitcher for the Angels, a 6-foot-4 lefty who made 96 starts in his MLB career. Though he was drafted by the Angels out of high school in 2009, he made his debut in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks after they acquired him in a trade. Skaggs was traded back to the Angels in 2013.
Prior to becoming a big-league pitcher, Skaggs grew up in California and attended Santa Monica High School.
“The whole city of Santa Monica is grieving, I promise you,” high-school teammate Conner Greene told USA TODAY Sports. “I got 100 messages in my phone right now, and it’s all the love, all the people that love him.”
Skaggs also leaves behind a wife, Carli. The two were married in December.
How did the team, league react?
MLB promptly postponed Monday’s game in the wake of Skaggs’ death. The Angels released a statement offering their thoughts and prayers to his family during what they called a “devastating time.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, there were a handful of players and coaches — including manager Brad Ausmus — at Globe Life Park in Arlington when the news broke. That group quickly returned to the team hotel, according to the newspaper, and grief counselors were made available to the team.
Waves of personal tributes have since poured in throughout the baseball world, from Angels star Mike Trout to former teammates such as Jered Weaver and Huston Street.
What are the next steps?
The Angels will have a news conference at roughly 5:30 p.m ET. Ausmus, general manager Billy Eppler and team president John Carpino will be among those on hand to discuss Skaggs’ death. MLB announced Tuesday afternoon that, after consulting with the Angels, Tuesday night’s game would proceed as scheduled.
The Southlake Police Department said it would “release pertinent information as it is available” relating to Skaggs’ death, and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will, at some point, release the official cause and manner of death sometime after Tuesday’s autopsy. A full toxicology report likely won’t be available for several weeks.
Per: USA Today Sports