Rangers mourn passing of Angels' Tyler Skaggs

July 1st, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers were in the process of preparing for another game when they were informed by Major League Baseball of the passing of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Rangers players were informed by general manager Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward just three hours before their game against the Angels at Globe Life Park. The game has been postponed with a makeup date to be determined later in the season.

“On behalf of the Rangers organization … all of us here -- players, staff, everybody -- is obviously saddened by the news today,” Daniels said. “We want to express our deepest condolences and sympathies to Tyler’s family and the Angels organization and all that knew him.”

Woodward said many of his players reacted emotionally to the news. Rangers reliever Jesse Chavez was a teammate of Skaggs during his time with the Angels.

“Some guys who didn’t even know him were pretty physically shaken, you can tell,” Woodward said. “This happens far too often I feel like. [Marlins pitcher] Jose Fernandez -- there have been a few tragedies recently and it’s just heart-breaking. You can tell our guys were pretty upset.”

The Rangers were informed shortly after Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room by the Southlake Police Department at 2:18 p.m. CT Monday. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“MLB reached out to us and let us know what had happened,” Daniels said. “Asked us for our thoughts, and I happened to be sitting there with Woody, so we kind of looked at each other and nodded. We certainly wouldn’t want to play if we were ever in that situation. That was our first thought and [then we] called [owner] Ray Davis. He confirmed the same. Called MLB back, whatever the Angels need at this point takes priority.”

Monday was supposed to be the first of a four-game series between the Rangers and the Angels. The next three games are still expected to be played, although a final decision has not been made. Fans holding tickets for Monday’s game should hold on to them until the Rangers announce their exchange policy for future games.

“At this point, tonight’s the only game that we discussed with MLB,” Daniels said. “If there’s a need to discuss further, we will talk with them. But at present, the best that I’m aware of is, tomorrow’s on schedule. I think real life takes precedence here. If there’s a need for that, I’m sure we’ll hear from MLB and discuss it with them. Some things are a lot bigger than baseball.”

Skaggs last pitched Saturday against the Athletics. He was on track to pitch Thursday against the Rangers.

“It seemed like no matter whether I was in Seattle or LA, or here, obviously, he gave all the teams I coached fits,” Woodward said. “He was a really promising arm. I liked asking around about him because he was an intriguing guy, really good stuff. But I wanted to know personally who he was and everybody spoke very, very highly of him from a character standpoint. It’s just awful to think that that’s not going to be around anymore.”