There was shock and sadness across the baseball world on Monday night when news came down that former big league pitcher Tommy Hanson had passed away at just 29 years old. Across Arizona on Tuesday, the Arizona Fall League took a moment to remember Hanson.
Within the scout packs available at each game, there is a section in remembrance that reads:
The Arizona Fall League sends its condolences to the family of former big-leaguer Tommy Hanson (2008 Mesa Solar Sox) who passed away Monday night at the age of 29. In 2008, Hanson became the only pitcher in AFL history to win the league’s Joe Black MVP Award after going 5-0 with a 0.63 ERA in seven fall-league starts. Hanson pitched parts of five seasons in MLB with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels. He compiled a 49-35 record with a 3.80 ERA in 123 career games.
Before the game in Peoria, and surely Salt River and Scottsdale, a moment of silence was held in memory of Hanson and the graphic at the top of this article was displayed on the video board.
Some of his Arizona Fall League teammates extended their condolences over twitter as well:
Thank you for being a great baseball player and a better person. We will miss you. https://t.co/YtUdXHRbQF
— Casey Fien (@CaseyFien) November 10, 2015
Just heard about Tommy. Tragic. Only the good die young and he was as good as it gets.
— Will Rhymes (@willrhymes) November 10, 2015
So saddened to hear about my friend Tommy Hanson. Such an amazing person. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. #RIPTH
— Casper Wells V (@UpstateBaller) November 10, 2015
Hanson passed due to catastrophic organ failure after being admitted Sunday with shortness of breath.