The Los Angeles Angels held an emotional press conference Tuesday to discuss the death of Tyler Skagg's shooter. The 27-year-old left-hander was found dead Monday in his hotel room in a suburb of Dallas, Southlake, Texas.
The cause of death was not mentioned, and officials said that an autopsy would be performed on Tuesday. Police in Southlake said Skaggs had not responded in his hotel room and there was no sign of foul play. They also said it did not seem to be suicide.
During the press conference, Angels general manager Billy Eppler said many of the team members considered Skaggs "brother or son".
Manager Brad Ausmus, who wiped his tears as he spoke, said the team had all come together to talk about their memories of Skaggs.
"He's just a happy guy," said Ausmus. "He has the kind of personality that attracts others, as I said, he's stupid in a good, funny way." This road trip to Dallas has approached me four or five days earlier and 'hey, we will Texas do it for two series, do you care if we all dress in western or cowboy clothes? "So he somehow led the way and that's one of Skaggy's last pictures with his teammates, all dressed in cowboy gear And the last image I got from him is on a plane with this terrible cowboy shirt and playing cards. "
A group shot of the team in their cowboy hats was the last photo Skaggs posted on his Instagram.
After news of Skaggs's death, the Angels and Rangers have postponed their scheduled game on Monday night. The teams will start their matchup on Tuesday night at 19:05 and will hold a minute's silence in memory of Tyler Skaggs in front of the first field. The game on Monday is postponed for August.
Ausmus said Tuesday's game will be a sanctuary for players to focus on baseball.
In their statement about the death of Skaggs, the angels expressed their condolences to his wife Carli and to the whole family out.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement on Monday saying, "I am deeply saddened by today's Texas tragedy, and all of us in Major League Baseball are expressing our deepest condolences to Tyler's wife Carli, her family, her friends and all Teammates and colleagues of his angels, we will support the organization of the angels in this most difficult time and provide Tyler's teammates and other members of the baseball family with a wealth of resources. "