Angels Center Fielder Mike Trout Shares Touching Tribute to Teammate Tyler Skaggs: 'We Love You 45'
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is remembering his teammate Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead on Monday in his hotel room in Texas.
“Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now,” Trout said in an emotional statement on Twitter.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli and their families,” he said in reference to Skaggs’ wife. The two were married in 2018.
“Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will forever remain in our hearts,” Trout continued. “We love you, 45.”
A cause of death has yet to be revealed, though police said Monday that they did not suspect foul play and that the investigation into Skaggs’ death is ongoing.
The wake of Skaggs’ death has seen an outpouring of grief from the baseball community.
“It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” said the Angels in a statement after the news broke. “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”
“I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas,” said Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred in a statement.
“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,” Manfred continued. “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.”
The Angels are in Texas for a four-game series against the Rangers, though Monday night’s game was canceled in the wake of the pitcher’s death.
Skaggs’ pitched as recently as Saturday night in a home game against the Oakland Athletics in a performance that was praised even though the team lost 4-0.
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Other MLB teams have also expressed grief and condolences after Skaggs’ tragic death.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Our thoughts are with Skaggs’ family, friends and the @Angels organization,” the Dodgers said in a tweet.
“The entire Oakland A’s organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Tyler Skaggs,” said the Athletics in a tweet. “We appreciated his determination and demeanor on the field and will miss him as a competitor and friend. Our condolences to Tyler’s family and the Angels organization.”