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Scott Schoeneweis DL'd for a very, very good reason

Aug 12, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

Given how long the baseball season is and how many new things happen every day, it’s easy to forget stuff that happened even a couple of months ago. One thing that I, and I’m sure some of you who don’t follow the Diamondbacks too closely had forgotten was the tragic death of reliever Scott Schoeneweis’ wife back in May. After a couple of weeks away from the game, Schoeneweis has bravely attempted to pitch through his pain, all while raising four children by himself.  Understandably, however, the strain has become just too much:

Scott Schoeneweis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Arizona Diamondbacks because of depression, less than three months after his wife was found dead at their home.

The 35-year-old left-hander spent three weeks on the bereavement list after his wife, Gabrielle, was found dead on May 20 in the master bedroom of couple’s home in the Phoenix area. 

I can’t imagine a guy waking up in the morning after such a thing, let alone putting himself through the grind of a Major League season. Kudos to Schoeneweis for doing his best to solider through, but here’s hoping he can take the rest of the season to gather himself, be a father to his children, and try to move on in the face of this tragedy.  

  1. Bobby Townsend - Aug 12, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Does anyone know what was cause of the death? Scott is doing the proper thing in stepping away from the game at this time. Being there for your children is so important. No amount of money can buy that. I am wishing Mr. Schoenweis and his family nothing but the best through this very diffult time.

  2. Bob Timmermann - Aug 12, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Schoeneweis has filed suit to make his wife’s death certificate private and I believe it still is now pending a court ruling. I don’t think it will be granted. Not that I’m a lawyer, but I don’t think there’s a compelling public interest to keep the information sealed.

  3. GBSimons - Aug 12, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Bob – this is not directed at you, so please don’t take it that way. It’s directed at our prying-eyes society.
    I’m no lawyer, either, but if there’s no criminal activity involved – and I don’t suppose there is – what possible compelling public interest is there for the information NOT to be sealed?
    The man’s wife died, he and his children are dealing with the horrible ramifications of this, and he’d like his privacy. I don’t see why it should be denied him.
    The only purpose of releasing the information would be so others can stick their nose in his business, publish the “shocking details,” and give a few heartless fans something to jeer him about.

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