Josh Hancock, a Cardinals middle reliever who helped the team attain a championship last season, was killed after driving into a tow truck late at night. The death comes five years after St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile died in his hotel room of coronary artery blockage. It is not thought that alcohol was involved.
St. Louis postponed its game against the Cubs, and moments of silence were observed at stadiums around the country. Hancock had pitched three innings the day before his death, and two days before that he had overslept and missed practice, causing some teammates to worry. "We were all a little nervous," said closer Jason Isringhausen at the time.