Mike Trout and Tommy La Stella don No. 45 at All-Star Game in honor of Tyler Skaggs

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In a way, Tyler Skaggs reached his first All-Star Game.

Mike Trout and Tommy La Stella, the two teammates of the deceased Los Angeles Angels pitcher at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, wore Skaggs’ No. 45 as they took the field in Cleveland on Tuesday.

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“We thought it would be a good way to show some love and respect for Tyler,” Trout said according to the Los Angeles Times. “That's going to be fun for me, it's gonna be good for him, good for his family. And I know he is looking out over us tonight. It's gonna be good.”

Additionally, every player in the All-Star Game was sporting a black “45” patch, though some patches were seen falling off uniforms. A moment of silence in Skaggs’ honor was also held before the game.

News of Skaggs’ death during an Angels road trip in Texas rocked the baseball world last week, and has led to no shortage of tributes from the Angels and rest of the league.

The Angels have already announced they will be wearing a Skaggs "45” patch for the rest of the season, and Andrew Heaney, Skaggs’ best friend on the team, honored the southpaw by throwing a pitch resembling Skaggs’ signature looping curveball to begin his first start since Skaggs’ death.

Washington Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin also honored his former Arizona Diamondbacks teammate by wearing No. 45 in his first start since news of Skaggs’ death hit. Now, Skaggs’ memory is reaching one of baseball’s biggest stages.

Mike Trout brought Tyler Skagg's number to the All-Star Game. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mike Trout brought Tyler Skagg's number to the All-Star Game. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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