Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of an accidental drug overdose on July 1, 2019, putting the baseball in a community in a state of mourning over the sudden loss of the lefty's life.
Among those affected the most by his death was Nationals starter Patrick Corbin. Skaggs and Corbin were both drafted by the Angels in 2009 before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks together a year later. They became close friends while working through minor leagues, each making their MLB debut in 2012. Skaggs was traded back to the Angels in 2013, but the two starters remained friends.
Only one day after Skaggs was found dead in a Texas hotel room, Corbin took the mound for an emotional start against the Miami Marlins. He obtained permission from MLB to wear Skaggs' No. 45 on the back of his jersey instead of his usual No. 46. Against all odds, the left-hander went seven strong innings allowing just one run on six hits with seven strikeouts.
He marked the one-year anniversary of Skaggs' death Wednesday by posting a picture of the jersey he wore that day on Instagram with the words "RIP Tyler, we miss you" written across the photo.
Ten days after Corbin's start, the Angels all wore Skaggs jerseys for their first home game following their teammate's death. Los Angeles went on to throw a no-hitter that afternoon before laying out their jerseys on the mound after the game. Inexplicably, the last no-hitter to be thrown in California before that game was on July 13, 1991-the day Skaggs was born.
Skaggs' death remains part of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration into how many people within the Angels' organization knew about the pitcher's drug use prior to his death.
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Patrick Corbin posts tribute to Tyler Skaggs one year after his death originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington