This is sad. Former major league lefty Brad Halsey died yesterday, according to a tweet by his agent, O’Connell Sports. He was only 33. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Halsey was an eighth round pick of the Yankees in 2002 out of the University of Texas. He played for the Yankees, Diamondbacks and A’s between 2004 and 2006 and played in the minors through 2011. His most notable moment in the bigs may have been giving up Barry Bonds’ 714th homer. He also once, rather bravely, if not wisely for a guy of his status and tenure, called out the A’s front office.
He was one of those players most people probably haven’t thought about at all since he left the bigs. But one who left us far, far too young.