I know I am just a small baseball blogger with little to no credit to my name, but I feel compelled to write about Tyler Skaggs tonight. Not to only show support over his saddening and untimely death, but to share to the casual baseball fan, briefly about what an amazing human being he was too.
For the past couple of hours, I have read many articles written about the 27-year old and how he was one of the most positive and bright people to be around. A momma’s boy who grew up disciplined, and eager to be the best version of himself day-in and day-out. That discipline and focus granted him the 40th overall pick by the Angels in 2009—just 15 picks further from his former teammate, Mike Trout.
I have also read that over this past off-season, he tied the knot with his wife, Carlie, less than 8 months ago. The stories of how much he raved to his teammates of his wife are a testimony to just how compassionate, caring, and genuine Tyler was.
Aside From Tyler’s personal life, me being a Rangers fan had allowed me to watch Skaggs pitch several times. And if there is one thing that has always left an impression on me in the moments I have watched him pitch, it’s his absolutely devastating curveball. By far one of the most mesmerizing pitches in the game, Skaggs’ curve is an absolute marvel to watch.
A truly gifted guy both on, and off the field.
I cannot image the pain being felt around the league, in the Angels organization, and within Tyler’s family. My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to everyone’s lives he has touched. It is never easy to undergo something like this, especially with someone who is so young and full of potential.
Rest In Peace, Tyler Wayne Skaggs. Keep on tossing up in heaven for us.