LA Angeles Pitcher, Nick Adenhart, Killed In Car Accident

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22:  Nick Adenhart #90 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim poses for a portrait during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium February 22, 2008 in Tempe, Arizona.   (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Terrible news out of California this morning as Angels No. 1 prospect Nick Adenhart was killed in a felony auto accident early this morning. TMZ is reporting and the link can be found here.

Adenhart was on his way home after his start on Wednesday in which he went six innings giving up seven hits and striking out five. Early reports are that there was a three car accident involving a hit and run minivan that allegedly ran a red light to cause this tragic accident.

There really aren't words to describe this kind of tragedy. Baseball is a brotherhood. Teams are like families. Accidents like this serve to remind us all on just how fragile life can be.

Nick Adenhart was 22 years old and about to begin a career full of hope and promise. From all I have heard and read about he was as good a person as he was a pitcher. Maybe even better. Questions about how or why this terrible thing has happened or where the Angels go from here will all be answered in due time.

For now, take a moment to give your loved ones a call or hug and tell them how much you love them. We are all here only for a short time. Some shorter than others. We are promised nothing in this life other than to be given life and someday have that taken from us.

Everything else is, as they say in baseball, day to day.

It is doubtful that the Angels-Athletics game will be played tonight while they mourn the loss of their teammate.