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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2017: Honorable Mentions

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We’re a few short days away from 2018 so it’s a good time to look back at the top 25 baseball stories of 2017. Some of them took place on the field, some of them off the field and some of them were more akin to tabloid drama. No matter where the story broke, however, these were the stories baseball fans were talking about most this past year.

As I was going through the baseball stories of the past year, I realized that I had way more than 25 worthy of mention. In the past, I have just cut things off regardless, letting numbers 26 through, well, whatever, disappear into the haze of history. Then I made the mistake of tweeting about one of the stories that wasn’t going to make the cut:

A lot of people responded to that, demanding that it be included, if only as an honorable mention. Let no one say I don’t serve my readers, so here are the honorable mentions. Stories which mattered — arguably, anyway, at least to some — which fall just short of Top 25 Stories of the Year importance:

So there we have the, uh, big stories that didn’t make the cut. Stay tuned over the next few days for the actual Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2017.

 

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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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.