Current Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher and Silver Spring, MD native Nick Adenhart, was killed in a car accident early Thursday morning after pitching in a game earlier in the evening. Apparently, a minivan ran a red light and hit two cars, one of them with Adenhart inside. He was rushed to the hospital and into surgery, but was pronounced dead early this morning.
This is devastating news for his family, the Angels and all of Major League Baseball. Adenhart was a 22 year old rookie and had a promising career ahead of him. Click here for the story.
Editor's Note: This is terrible news for all of the sports world. Adenhart was the top prospect in the Angels system according to many, an extremely promising young pitcher. The Angels have postponed tonight's game. Everyone at Camden Chat sends our best wishes to Nick's family and friends, the Angels and their fans, and the family and friends of the two others that were killed in the accident as well. Rest in peace, Nick.
Rev Halofan of Halos Heaven has his thoughts here.
Cam Inman has more here:
Wednesday night marked his fourth career start, and afterward, "he felt like a major leaguer," Adenhart's agent Scott Boras said in a tearful press conference broadcast by Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.
"It was a tremendously fulfilling moment for Nick," Boras said. "To see the glow of a young man after he takes a huge step in his life and matures. It's something we can all share in this game."
Because almost all ballplayers overcome obstacles to achieve their lifetime goal of reaching the big leagues, that forms a bond among them and that really resonates on day's like this.
"Major League Baseball is in mourning today upon the news of this tragedy that has taken Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others. Nick was just 22 years of age, with a wonderful life and career ahead of him," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my sincere sympathy to the families and friends of all three (accident) victims and to the entire Angels' organization. I send my deepest condolences to Nick's parents, Jim and Janet. The hearts of everyone in baseball are with them at this most difficult time."