Former Braves Pitcher Dies at Age 29

I am a huge Atlanta Braves Fan and when I saw this on Bing this morning

I could not believe what I was reading.

Tommy you will be missed, not only by Braves Fans but by baseball fans in general.

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 14:  Tommy Hanson #48 of the Atlanta Braves pitches to the New York Mets at Turner Field on July 14, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA – JULY 14: Tommy Hanson #48 of the Atlanta Braves pitches to the New York Mets at Turner Field on July 14, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ex-pitcher Tommy Hanson dies

USA Today Sports

by USA TODAY Sports,
USA TODAY 9 hrs ago
Tommy Hanson, the hard-throwing right-hander whose major league career was sidetracked by injury and personal loss, died Monday night after slipping into a coma in Atlanta, a person close to Hanson confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.Hanson, 29, suffered “catastrophic organ failure” on Monday, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta, and had been hospitalized since early Sunday morning.

Hanson, a 6-6, 220-pounder known for his amiable personality, last pitched in the major leagues in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels. He spent nearly a month away from the club that year as he coped with the sudden death of his stepbrother.

He finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2009, when he won 11 games and posted a 2.89 earned-run average. Shoulder discomfort bothered him as recently as 2010, and limited him to just 22 starts in 2011.

While Hanson made 31 starts and won 13 games for the Braves in 2012, they traded him to the Los Angeles Angels that off-season for reliever Jordan Walden. When his stepbrother passed away that spring, Hanson took six days off from the team, made one start, and then realized he needed more time away to mourn.

He returned to the Angels three weeks later.

“I was having mental issues with the death of my younger brother,” Hanson, then 26, told reporters then. “I was just trying to get through it. I didn’t know how to handle it.

“That was the first time anything like that had ever happened to me. I didn’t know how to cope with it.”

He made 13 starts for the Angels in 2013, and made his final major league appearance, a relief outing, on Sept. 28.

Hanson signed with the Texas Rangers in February 2014 only to be released a month later. In another attempt at a comeback, he signed with the Chicago White Sox in April 2014 and spent the season in the minors before an injury cut his season short. He was granted his free agency after the season.

In May, Hanson signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants and appeared for their Class A and AAA teams in San Jose and San Francisco.

In five major league seasons, four with the Braves, Hanson went 49-35 with a 3.80 ERA.

Contributing: Bob Nightengale

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