Los Angeles Angels starter Tyler Skaggs passed away at the age of 27 on Monday, and his death was felt across baseball.
Not only did his teammates mourn his passing amid their series with the Texas Rangers, but Nationals starter Patrick Corbin, who was taken by the Angels in the 2009 MLB Draft before Los Angeles also selected Skaggs, wore Skaggs’ No. 45 during his start on Wednesday. He delivered seven innings of one-run ball in the process.
“Big Time Baseball: Players Edition” co-hosts Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Davis reflected on tragedy that struck MLB in the video above. Davis dealt with a similar situation during his four-year stint with the San Diego Padres, playing with the late Mike Darr before he passed away in a car accident in February 2002. Darr spent his entire three-year career in San Diego (1999-2001).
“It affects a lot more than just his (Skaggs’) immediate family,” Davis said. “Big leaguers are larger than life-type characters, and having him (Darr) go down, it was awful. ... It rocks your world.”
Gwynn and Davis also discuss the odd ending to Yankees-Mets and Davis’ perspective as a former catcher (2:35), Max Scherzer's dominance in Washington and their perception of the National League East (10:47), and the All-Star Game rosters and how the NL has loaded up compared to years past (18:16). Top wrap it up, they chat with former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (30:12).