Today is a sad day for MLB fans across the globe.
Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died due to catastrophic organ failure on Monday night, according to multiple reports.
Though Hanson had not pitched in the majors since 2013, he was still an active player. Hanson spent the 2015 season in the San Francisco Giants minor-league system. He was pitching off a mound just a few weeks ago.
Hanson spent four of his five major-league seasons as a member of the Braves. He came up through the organization and made an impact from the door. As a 22-year-old, Hanson posted a 2.89 ERA over 21 starts.
In 2012, Hanson was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. His only season with Los Angeles was difficult for Hanson off the field as well. Early in the year, Hanson's younger stepbrother died. Hanson spent three weeks away from the club mourning his death.
He told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times he had a tough time dealing with the loss.
“I was having mental issues with the death of my younger brother,” said Hanson, 26, two years older than his deceased brother. “I was just trying to get through it. I didn’t know how to handle it.
“That was the first time anything like that had ever happened to me. I didn’t know how to cope with it.”
My sincerest condolences to the family of Tommy Hanson. I loved to watch him play baseball.