Jul 18th, 2019 | In the News

THE DEATH OF TYLER SKAGGS It's so sad when an apparently healthy 27-year-old in the prime of his life dies all alone in a faraway hotel room. But now that all the tributes and the combined no-hitter and the numerical coincidences are through, Tom takes a look at the possibilities which no one seems to want to consider.

Here is the Lee Goodwin column Tom read aloud on this episode.

Here's a London Daily Mail piece on the death of Tyler Skaggs.

Police, LA Angels Blast Santa Monica Observer Report That Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Died Of Opioid Abuse

The Santa Monica Observer explains why they scrubbed the column they had published speculating on the death of Tyler Skaggs.

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Submitted by macspectrum on

when i read of his passing and all the mourning, drug OD was very much on top top of my head - all the articles really seemed to go out of their way to say there was no evidence of foul play or suicide

Submitted by TallTim on

There is no way a healthy athlete at 27 drops dead just because.

Dude had a secret vice and most likely abused it until it caught up with him. What is it about people in sports and entertainment that they think they're invulnerable? I don't get it.

Submitted by thomasj on

Don't spoil the party Tom. America prefers heroic mythological figures rather than "truth".. Our "heroes" don't need facts to get in the way of their "legacy". I'm still pissed that every time they do a tribute for Pat Tillman they gloss over the fact that he was killed by friendly fire by saying he was "killed in battle" or "killed on the battlefield". in fact, when a close friend of his raised this issue on ESPN Radio he was cut off mid-sentence and they went to commercial (I heard it live). They never concluded the interview. No argument on hero, Tillman ditched millions to do what HE wanted to do for his country, his duty as he saw it. But it baffles me why people choose to believe the myth, the hype, the spin and avoid the truth. An even better example of this phenomena currently occupies the White House.

Anyway, a final note on Tom's comments..."he lost more games than he won...that makes him an average pitcher". In today's MLB, absolutely THE average pitcher.

Submitted by jimwalsh2001 on

I remember thirty years ago how many glossed over the Len Bias passing. Plus ca change, as they say...