An Illinois-based Little League coach collapsed and died in front of his son and team Wednesday, Chicago’s WBBM-TV reports.
While coaching his Beecher Hot Rods, 43-year-old Brian Jones passed away from cardiovascular disease, The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. According to his wife, there was no sign of any problem until he suddenly fell ill and collapsed.
“I asked him what’s going on, and then he said, ‘I’m going to pass out.’ And he fell over on top of me,” Bobbie Jones said.
“He’s a fun-loving guy, and he’s going to be sorely missed by everybody,” she added. “He always tried to do the right thing and have fun and the kids he loved.”
According to his wife, Jones, an organ donor, was able to pass on four of his organs after dying.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.