Tommy Hanson, a former major-league pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, died late Monday after falling into a coma. According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, the 29-year-old had difficulty breathing and was taken to the hospital early Sunday morning but later suffered catastrophic organ failure.
Several of Hanson’s former teammates were with him when he passed, others took 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. :/
— Andrelton Simmons (@Andrelton) November 10, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to the family of Tommy Hanson. Great guy and competitor. RIP
— Josh Reddick (@RealJoshReddick) November 10, 2015
Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz released a statement Tuesday morning.
“We are incredibly saddened to learn of Tommy’s tragic passing,” Schuerholz said. “He was a favorite in our clubhouse and with our staff and he will truly be missed by everyone in Braves Country. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family, former teammates and friends.”
Tommy Hanson was selected in the 22nd round of the 2005 draft and finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2009. He spent four seasons with the Braves before being traded to LA in 2012. Hanson had to deal with a shoulder injury in 2011 and then bounced around in the minor leagues the last two seasons.
He was 49-35 with a 3.80 ERA for his career.