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Nationals to hold virtual ceremony to unveil 2019 World Series rings

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The Nationals announced on Tuesday that the organization will hold a virtual ceremony to unveil their 2019 World Series rings on Sunday, May 24. It will be broadcast on MASN, MLB Network, the Nationals’ YouTube channel, the Nationals’ Facebook page, and the Nationals’ website.

The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli provides more details. Players and coaches will join a Zoom call, ostensibly discussing the importance of the championship. They will receive their rings in the mail shortly thereafter.

Last October, the Nationals emerged victorious in seven games to win the World Series over the Astros, winning Game 7 6-2. It is the franchise’s first championship. Stephen Strasburg was named World Series MVP as he limited the Astros to four earned runs on 12 hits and three walks with 14 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings during his two starts.

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.