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Angels Release Statement on Nick Adenhart

4/9/2009 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick AdenhartThe Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the family of Nick Adenhart just released a joint statement on the tragic death of the 22-year-old starting pitcher:

Angels Baseball this morning announced the passing of right-hander Nick Adenhart, the victim of a fatal automobile accident in Fullerton, CA. Two other individuals were also killed in the incident.

Adenhart, 22, was a passenger in a silver Mitsubishi along with three others. Fullerton Police reported the Mitsubishi proceeded through an intersection, when a van ran a red light and broadsided the vehicle. A female driver and male passenger in the Mitsubishi were dead when police and fire department personnel arrived. Adenhart died as the result of his injuries at UCI Medical Center earlier this morning. No other members of the Angels organization were involved.

Adenhart pitched a masterful six innings in last night's game against Oakland (6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO), leaving with a 4-0 lead before a late-inning rally resulted in a 6-4 Angels defeat.

Originally drafted by the Angels in the 14th round of the June, 2004 draft, Adenhart was in his fifth professional season and made the Angels Opening Day roster for the first time. He opened the 2009 campaign with a 37-28 career minor league record and a 3.87 ERA (506.2 IP - 218 ER). Adenhart made his Major League debut last May 1 against Oakland. At the time, he was the youngest active-roster pitcher in the majors.

Adenhart earned his spot in the Angels rotation via a spring training in which he recorded a 3-0 record and a 3.12 ERA (26 IP - 9 ER) over the course of six starts. During that span, he struck out 18 while allowing only five base on balls.

Adenhart is survived by his father Jim and mother Janet. His family released the following statement:

"Nick's family expresses sincere gratitude for all the help the Angels have provided. He lived his dream and was blessed to be part of an organization comprised of such warm, caring, and compassionate people. The Angels were his extended family. Thanks to all of Nick's loyal supporters and fans throughout his career. He will always be in everyone's hearts forever."

Angels General Manager Tony Reagins issued the following statement on behalf of the club:

"The Angels family has suffered a tremendous loss today. We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nick's family, friends' loved ones and fans."

Memorial services are pending.
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Nikko    

I thought the same thing about the girl giving the interview. I had to play it twice because I couldn't believe she was smiling ear to ear and giggling while explaining the details and location of dead human beings. I was hoping her behavior was caused by drunkeness but she seemed extremely sober. She owes the families an apology!!

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17.

French Open Fan    

Aa a Dodger fan, I naturally despise the Angels. However, in this instance, my heart goes out to his family and the Angels' family everywhere.

1936 days ago
18.

Mohjong    

This is indeed sad. I live around the area and there's always bars and pubs around this College town. You often see drunken people walking on the street during red lights and God could only imagine how these people gonna operate their car to drive home.

1936 days ago
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Kristi    

Why do the editors, writers, or whoever you are, choose to display the most unflattering pictures to post with stories. You would think with such a tragic story, you would at least show the victim and the family some respect and post a decent picture.

1936 days ago
20.

carriss    

This is extremely tragic, and a huge loss for the sports community, not to mention his fans. But... does it really matter which hand he pitched with? I mean, c'mon, the guys friggin dead, who cares if he was right or left handed. May he, and the other two in the car who died, rest in peace. I also wish the man who survived luck, and a speedy recovery.

1936 days ago
21.

ubee0173    

wow- sooo sad... the girl at the scene seems more like she was overwhelmed with what she had seen, rather than a callous b!tch. she also looked like she was about to cry at the same time. the whole situation is just effed up. wow.

1936 days ago
22.

escozoo    

rip thoughts and prayers go out to all the familys to sad those stupid drunk drivers have no concern for other peoples lives

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