Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann tossed a no-hitter against the Marlins to finish out the regular season, thanks in large part to Steven Souza, Jr.’s terrific diving catch in left field of a Christian Yelich fly ball to record the final out.
MLB Network happened to capture a cool shot of Zimmermann reacting to Souza’s catch with their Ballpark Cam. You can see him walking dejectedly off of the mound, expecting the ball to fall in for a hit — likely a double, with Yelich running — but is happily surprised when Souza snags the baseball.
To quote my colleague Drew Silva, baseball is just the best.
FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.
Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.
Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.
“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.
If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.