Tigers minor league catcher Chace Numata has died dates after being injured in a skateboarding accident in Pennsylvania
Tigers minor league catcher Chace Numata died Monday, dates after being injured in a skateboarding collision in Pennsylvania. He was 27.
Numata’s family and the team announced the death.
Numata, who was playing for Detroit’s Double-A Erie affiliate, the SeaWolves, was spotcheck apathetic Friday morning by police in the northwest Pennsylvania city.
GoErie.com reported that police noted Numata on the dirt, bleeding from the pate. Surveillance video was reviewed, and police captain Rick Lorah said no vehicles were involved.
Detroit catcher Jake Rogers had “Numi” written on his hat.
” That will definitely stand ,” Rogers said after a 4-3 loss to Minnesota at Comerica Park.” Chace facilitated me get here and his cache will always be with me .”
Numata was Rogers’ backup early this season at Erie.
” This is really tough. I genuinely don’t know what to say. He was a beautiful being, and he created light into the lives of everyone he converged ,” he said.
” I don’t think parties are aware that a great baseball player he was. He made me worked very hard and to be all right in Erie, because I knew he was always clipping at my heels .”
Numata was in his first season in the Detroit organization. He batted a mixed. 244 with four home run and 28 RBIs with Erie and Triple-A Toledo.
Drafted after “schools ” in Hawaii, Numata began his pro vocation in 2010 in the Philadelphia system. He too played in the New York Yankees’ organization.
Tigers general manager Al Avila told the team about Numata’s death after video games in Detroit.
” It is obviously a very quiet clubhouse right now. My staff members and I only got to know him in spring learn this year, but he was a real gamer. He loved to play baseball and he had a great personality. This is a tough daytime, specially since so many of our chaps knew him ,” Monsters manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Tigers pitcher Bryan Garcia, who played with Numata this year, sloped a scoreless ninth inning in his major league debut Monday.
” Chace was an all-time human being. I never met a single person who didn’t love him ,” he said.