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Pirates prospect Evan Chambers passes away at age 24

Dec 2, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

Evan Chambers

Terrible news to pass along this evening, as Pirates minor leaguer Evan Chambers passed away in his sleep over the weekend. He was just 24 years old.

Chambers was a third-round pick of Pittsburgh in 2009. An outfielder, he had worked his way up to the Double-A level before missing most of this season with a foot injury. Talking about his baseball career is almost pointless at a time like this. It’s just sad to see a young life cut short, no matter their profession. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Below is a statement from Pirates general manager Neal Huntington:

“All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates are shocked and saddened by Evan’s sudden passing in his sleep this past weekend. Beyond being just a talented ballplayer, Evan was a great teammate and a quiet leader who went about his craft as a professional every day. Off the field, Evan loved making a difference in the community, and often dedicated a lot of his time working with children in the communities in which he played. Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to his family for this unimaginable loss. He was far too young. He will be missed.”

We’ll add reaction from around the baseball world throughout the evening:

  1. kappy32 - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    So sad. I just hope any pain medication he got to get through the foot injury didn’t contribute to this. It happens all too often unfortunately. There is no reason a healthy, athletic 24 year old professional athlete should just pass away in his sleep. RIP buddy.

  2. chill1184 - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Unreal. RIP

  3. sabatimus - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    God what happened?

  4. Stiller43 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Passing away in your sleep cant be anywhere near normal for a 24 yr old.

    Im only 25…cant imagine this. Awful awful awful.

    • esracerx46 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Only logical thing I can think of is sleep apnea. Very sad. I’m 24 myself and had issues despite not being anywhere near overweight. I’m not saying that’s what happened hear. Anyone that snores when you sleep, go get a sleep study, or see an otolaryngologist. My issues stemmed from tonsils. RIP Evan Chambers. Far too young.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    He and Andrew McCutchen are both from the county I live in.

    Kind of surprised I never heard of this guy, but it is very sad to see him pass so young.

  6. hojo20 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Nice shirt/sportcoat combo.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM


    Thumbs downs to people expressing their condolences!

    Boo condolences!

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM


      Thumbs downs to sarcasm!

      Boo sarcasm!

      • Glenn - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        Not the place or time.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        Not the place or the time to mock people who are thumbs downing earnest sentiment?

        Okie doke. You let me know when it is.

      • apkyletexas - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        @tf – does your parole officer know that you’ve gotten on the Boston Public Library internet terminals again? Bad boy. Stay away from the children’s book section this time.

        And my condolences to Evan Chambers’ parents and family – no family should have to bear the sadness of losing such a strong young man. As a Pirates fan, it’s painful anytime we lose a player – although it’s almost always former players we lose. Very tragic.

  8. disgracedfury - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:09 AM


    Evan Chambers.

  9. largebill - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Wow, as others have said, way too young to go. RIP to Chambers and condolences to his family. It is said we know not when, we know not how but death comes for all of us.

    Usually when we hear of someone dying so young it is after a long fight with an illness or from a sudden event (violence/accident). This case appears to be neither. If I had to guess I’d imagine the most likely cause was cardio (congenital heart issue).

    Go hug your kids, folks.

  10. yahmule - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    That is heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what his family is going through.

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