Former MLB Pitcher Tommy Hanson Dead At 29
Former MLB pitcher Tommy Hanson died late Monday night (Nov. 9). He was just 29.
According to reports, Hanson had been in a coma after being hospitalized early Sunday morning because he had trouble breathing. While there, he suffered catastrophic organ failure.
Further details were unknown.
Monday night, the Braves tweeted a photo of him, with the words: "RIP, Tommy."
While a group of Hanson's former teammates was nearby when he died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, others to Twitter to grieve the loss.
"Very sad to hear about Tommy Hanson. Wish his family and close friends a lot of strength. He was a really nice dude," tweeted Andrelton Simmons.
"Thoughts and prayers to the family of Tommy Hanson. Great guy and competitor. RIP," wrote Josh Reddick.
Hanson pitched five seasons in the major leagues, four with the Braves and one with the Los Angeles Angels in 2013 following a trade.
He was selected in the 22nd round of the 2005 Draft by the Braves, and was considered the top prospect in the organization. However, after posting a 2.89 ERA over 21 starts in his rookie season of 2009, Hanson slipped each season thereafter... experiencing a gradual decline in his velocity and dealt with shoulder issues.
Hanson finished his career 49-35 with a 3.80 ERA.