What a terrible headline to read on an otherwise lovely Autumn Sunday morning:
No non-Dodgers pitcher was more enjoyable for me to watch than the 24-year old right-hander. He was the most gifted pitcher on a middle-of-the-pack team, and after winning the National League's Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and missing a season's worth of games over 2014-2015 due to Tommy John surgery, he returned without missing a beat.
Seeing a star player taken so suddenly during the baseball season, it's impossible not to think of California Angels 27-year old star outfielder Lyman Bostock, New York Yankees Captain and MVP-winning catcher Thurman Munson and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile in 1978, 1979 and 2002 respectively.
And from there it's an easy recollection to A.E. Housman's "To an Athlete Dying Young." We are all diminished.