Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Former Yankee Pitcher Halsey Dies At Age 33

(Photo By Ron Antonelli)
We write a lot about the intense rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox. But sometimes, it's important to remember that this is just a game played by real people. Today we learned about the tragic death of 33-year old pitcher Brad Halsey—who was drafted by the Yankees back in 2002. The cause of the left-hander's death has not yet been revealed. He pitched just one year for the Yankees and—in 2005—was traded to the Diamondbacks (along with Dioner Navarro) for Randy Johnson. He later passed through Oakland and Los Angeles before re-signing in 2011 with New York. He never made it back to the bigs. Red Sox fans may remember that he was the starting pitcher in the July 1, 2004 game that featured Derek Jeter's dive into the stands. For every great success story in baseball, there are hundreds like Halsey's. We should remember them all.