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Former SP Tommy Hanson Has Died

Tommy-Hanson-2We have some sad news to pass along. Former Atlanta Brave and Anaheim Angel starting pitcher Tommy Hanson has past away.

According to reports Hanson suffered “catastrophic organ failure.” We knew late Monday night the situation was not good, as his close friends, family and former teammates are being told  “it’s real bad.”

piedmont-hospital-1-1200xx4928-2772-0-254The same reports indicated that Hanson was transferred to Piedmont Hospital, which is in the Buckhead area in Atlanta Georgia, where he drew his final breath.

Hanson once looked like one of the most promising young pitchers in the game, but his career has stalled due to shoulder problems. Hanson, 29, had double-digit wins in each of his first four seasons, from 2009 to 2012 and all with Atlanta. In ’09, Hanson finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting. He was traded to the Angels in November 2012 for reliever Jordan Walden. In his one season in Anaheim, Hanson went 4-3 in 15 games (13 starts) in 2013. Hanson hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2013 as a member of the Angels. He had pitched in the minors with the White Sox and Giants over the past two seasons.

Hanson had a career record of 49-35 in 123 games, all but two of them starts, with a 3.80 ERA. He had a career-high 13 wins in 2012.

No further details are available at this time. We here at want the Hanson family to know that are thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of uncertainty.

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