The MLB world reacts to the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs told a reporter on Sunday that he dreamed of pitching in Dodger Stadium against the Dodgers, wearing his Angels uniform. He was from nearby Santa Monica, drafted out of Santa Monica High School. Friends, fellow ballplayers and media members remember Skaggs as a down-to-earth guy. Kind, they say.

Skaggs died Monday at the age of 27, too soon for a ballplayer. Or a husband. Or a son. He was all three.

The Angels were in Texas to play the Texas Rangers and police found Skaggs unresponsive in his room in the team hotel. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities don’t suspect foul play, but haven’t announced a cause of death. The L.A. Times is reporting that suicide is not suspected.

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USA starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch against the World team during the first inning of the All Star Futures baseball game Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 05: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #37 of the Arizona Diamondbacks sits in the dugout during the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on July 5, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 5-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 11: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim talks to Mike Butcher #23 during the game against the New York Mets at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 11, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 08: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a baseball during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 8, 2014 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles of Anaheim poses for a portrait while displaying the scar from a 2014 Tommy John surgery at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the second inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on August 28, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Angels defeated the Tigers 5-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the dugout during the third inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) is pulled from the game and heads for the dugout in the fifth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners, on September 29, 2017, played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 25: Martin Maldonado #12 catcher of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim talks with starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Catcher Jose Briceno #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches as manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim takes the ball from starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 to take Skaggs out of the game during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 29: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim points to first base in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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In a statement, Tony Clark, head of the MLB Players Association, said:

The fraternity of players is stunned and saddened today by the untimely death of Tyler Skaggs, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Tyler’s wife, Carli, and the rest of his family, teammates and friends.”

Since baseball is a fraternity like Clark says — a close-knit one full of players who came up together through the minor leagues — Skaggs’ death hit the sport hard. Not long after the Angels announced Skaggs had died, dozens of players and former players were sharing their condolences and memories about Skaggs.

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Mike Oz is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @mikeoz

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