Major League Baseball: Los Angeles Angels pay emotional tribute to late team-mate Tyler Skaggs, following death at age of 27

3 Jul

Major League Baseball team Los Angeles Angels paid their respects to team-mate Tyler Skaggs, following his death at the age of 27 on Monday.

Skaggs was found unconscious in his Hilton hotel room in Texas, with no foul play suspected, Southlake Police said.

Los Angeles Angels paid tribute to Tyler Skaggs before their match against the Texas Rangers

The Angles recorded a 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers, just 24 hours after the pitcher’s passing.

Skaggs’ number 45 was drawn on the pitch and his jersey was displayed in the dugout during the game on Tuesday.

The Angles were meant to play the Rangers on Monday, but the match was postponed.

Club officials insisted to play the day after because they believed the 27-year-old would have wanted that.

Tyler Skaggs was the Los Angeles Angels’ star pitcher

Team-mates Andrew Heaney and Cam Bedrosian brought Skaggs’ shirt on to the pitch as the team paid their respects with a moment’s silence.

Heaney said: “It was something unplanned. The jersey was hanging in his locker. We wanted to take him out there with us one more time.”

Eppler added: ”For some reason that is incomprehensible to all of us, he lives on now only in our minds and our hearts.

“Our team will never be the same without him, but forever we’ve been made better by him.”

Angles manager Brad Ausmus, who coached Skaggs from October 2018, broke down in a press conference.

He said: ”Today is one of the hardest days. I know it gets easier, but it’s difficult.”

Tyler Skaggs: Los Angeles Angels baseball star dies, aged 27, just two days after last match

1 Jul

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has died at the age of 27.

The baseball star’s death was confirmed in a statement by the MLB side on Monday.

Tyler Skaggs has tragically died, aged 27

An Angels statement read: “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas.

“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.”

Skaggs played for Angels just two days ago against the Oakland A’s, and his cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Angels’ have subsequently cancelled their match against Texas Rangers, which was due to take place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Ten years ago, former pitcher Nick Adenhart died at the age of 22 while playing for the same side.

Adenhart was killed in a car crash after being the starting pitcher in the previous night’s game.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout becomes highest paid sportsmen in the world with new 12-year, $432M deal above LeBron, Messi and Ronaldo

20 Mar

We all think LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi rake in the best money in the sports industry, but Mike Trout is now the man who has the honour of earning most of all.

The star center fielder has signed a 12-year deal worth $432 million – roughly £325M – with the Los Angeles Angels.

Mike Trout is now the highest paid sportsman in the world

The 27-year-old has hit 240 home runs in 1,065 games and is regarded by many as the best player in the sport with two MVP awards to back that notion up.

He was due to become a free agent after the 2020 season when his present six-year, $144.5m contract expired, but the new deal ties him to the Angels until 2030 and replaces the old deal.

The $432 million total is significantly larger than the $330 million deal Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on March 2 and bests boxer Canelo Alvarez’s deal with DAZN by more than $65 million.

With the MLB and NFL home to some of the highest paid sportsmen in the world, it just goes to show how powerful American sports still is.

Teammate Albert Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels in 2011, believes Trout is worth every penny.

“It’s well-deserved,” said Pujols. “I don’t think there’s anybody in baseball besides him that deserves that [contract]. Trout is the best, and the numbers speak for itself.”

Pujols isn’t wrong. By WAR – a measure of baseball stats – Trout is the best player through age-26 in the history of the game. If you’re going to invest in anyone, that’s your guy.