|RIP Nick Adenhart|
Written by Daniel Paulling (Contact & Archive) on April 09, 2009
Tragic news in the baseball world today: Nick Adenhart of the Los Angeles Angels died in a car wreck. He pitched Wednesday, allowing no runs over six innings. Adenhart was 22.
The Angels postponed their Thursday game against the Oakland Athletics.
For more information on Adenhart, ESPN.com provided a nice tribute to him.
Adenhart was a highly touted pitcher coming out of high school in Maryland. He tore a ligament in his elbow in his final start in high school and required Tommy John surgery. Adenhart planned to attend the University of North Carolina but decided to sign with the Angels.
I remember reading, but have not verified, that Adenhart revealed his elbow injury to major league teams interested in drafting him when he didn't have to. This move likely cost him money in his signing bonus but was the honest decision to make.
The prayers and condolences of everyone here with AtHomePlate.com go to the Adenhart family and the Angels in this tragic even. Baseball has lost a bright star and an even better person.