This is awful.
Tommy Hanson, a pitcher who played in the MLB for five seasons and had just finished his 10th season of professional baseball in September, died late Monday night after catastrophic organ failure.
The Redlands, California native was just 29 years old.
Hanson had been admitted to an Atlanta-area hospital after apparently having trouble breathing, and then lapsed into a coma.
From there, sadly, his condition deteriorated, and he passed away.
Hanson reached the Major Leagues in 2009 and his career was on the rise with the Atlanta Braves before being sidetracked with a shoulder injury in 2011.
When he tried to come back in 2012, he wasn’t the same pitcher as he had been before the injury, and the Braves traded him to the Los Angeles Angels before the 2013 season. It was also before that season that Hanson’s step-brother died, causing the pitcher to take time away from his new team.
Hanson played in the minor leagues the last two years, pitching his final game on September 5, 2015 for the Sacramento River Cats, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
Social media condolences from former teammates and fans — especially of the Braves — have been pouring in all day (below):
Very sad to hear about Tommy Hanson. Wish his family and close friends a lot of strength. He was a really nice dude. :/
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Andrelton Simmons (@Andrelton) November 10, 2015
Tommy way too soon my man, an absolute pleasure to play with you this season and get to know you, you’ll be missed, rip Tommy Hanson
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Ray Black (@rayblack37) November 10, 2015
Rip Tommy Hanson. Great competitor. Great person. May god be with you.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Roy Oswalt (@royoswalt44net) November 10, 2015
Our thoughts are with Hanson’s family, friends, teammates, and loved ones.
[Image via AP.]