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Minor league baseball player dies in skateboard accident

Erie Seawolves photo

A double A minor league baseball player who signed with the Detroit Tigers in November is dead following a skateboarding accident.

Catcher Chace Numata, 27, is seen on security video plunging headfirst after apparently hitting a rock while skateboarding Friday in Erie, Pennsylvania, reports the Detroit Free Press.

General Manager Al Avila broke the news of Numata’s death to members of the Erie Seawolves Monday, according to the Detroit News.

“He’s going to be with me,” said teammate and fellow catcher Jake Rogers to the News. “He was an unbelievable baseball player. Having him back there made me want to work even harder because I could feel him clipping on my heels.”

“He’s a giver,” SeaWolves outfielder Cam Gibson said to the Free Press, “He’ll never ask for anything, but he’ll give. Even the small stuff.” The two shared an apartment together.

The Philadelphia Phillies drafted him in the 14th round in 2010. He spent eight years with the Phillies before spending a year with the New York Yankees and then the Tigers. Teammates described him as the “heart and soul” of the team.

”He had an engaging personality that quickly established him as a leader on and off the field, and his presence will be forever remembered in our organization and beyond,” the Tigers said in a statement to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “We had him up (with the major league team) in spring training,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told the media. “It is a tough one for the organization. Really tough.”

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