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April 9, 2009

Nick Adenhart (1986-2009)

adenhartgetty.jpgThe death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was met with shock in the Orioles clubhouse. Adenhart, who lived in Canton, was killed in an automobile accident last night after pitching against the Oakland A's.

"That's the game I was watching'' said Orioles manager Dave Trembley. "I was with my son. We went back to my apartment and we were watching him pitch. It really puts things in perspective. Don't take anything for granted. Appreciate what you have. It's a very sad day for his family.

"I talked to (Dennis) Sarfate. He was very broken up. He worked out with him all winter. Dean Albany also was very close to him. Not a good day."

Adenhart also worked out during the winter at the B.A.T.T. Academy in Glen Burnie, which is operated by former Northeast High School coach Larry Williams.

"I've known him since he was a kid,'' Williams said. "He was touted as being a potential top one or two pick in the draft, but in his senior season in high school, he blew out his elbow and had Tommy John surgery. Everybody passed on him and the Angels took a flyer on him in the 14th round.

"I'm shocked, pure and simple. Great kid who worked very hard in the offseason. He was a guy the high school and college kids could look at his work ethic fighting back from the injury. Just a great story. The kid who wouldn't quit."

Sarfate worked out with several of the Angels players in Arizona this past winter.

"He had a bright future,'' Sarfate said. "He was going to be good for years, you could just tell. It’s sad when you hear stuff like that. It’s not the first time a baseball player has died in a car accident.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and it’s one of those things that hits home and you just kind of want to go home and hang out for the day with your family just to get them close. It’s sad. It’s one of those things, you just can’t plan for it."

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Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:09 PM | | Comments (28)
Categories: Just baseball


Dreadful story that really makes one think.


An absolute tragedy! This is the type of thing that just can't be explained or understood!

RIP Nick

Pete , it is sad day for kid's family and friends , and for all of baseball . May the Lord keep this player .

Very sad to hear what happened.

That's so very sad. My prayers are with his family.


I am absolutely stunned. This young man wasn't just another top prospect. He was a very very talented, nice young man from Hagerstown. I've been a fan of his ever since the Angels drafted him, then once I saw him pitch, and even moreso when I read more about what a great person he was. I feel terrible for his family. I never knew the kid but was pulling for him and today I'm completely heartbroken. Most people say things like "bright future" for this kind of loss, but with this kid, it really really was.

I hope his family stays strong through this tough time.

This is such a sad day. My prayers go out to his family and friends, and the other who lost there life in the crash also.

After the O's big win last night I switched over to the Angels game as I often do and watched this young man pitch. I knew he had a bright future and am very saddened and shaken to hear of this horrible tragedy. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. What a sad day for all of baseball.

sad. i pray for Nick and his family and all involved.

Damn, that sucks. Didn't realize he was a MD native and city resident, but I knew he was a talented kid.

I Went To Williamsport High With Nick I Watched The Angels Game Last Night Beaming That Someone From My Area Was Playing In The Majors Then When I Go To Read The News That He Had Been Killed I Immediately Started Crying. Today Is A Sad Day For Maryland And MLB My Thoughts And Prayers Are With Nick's Mother Father And Stepfather During This Difficult Time.

RIP nick you wil be missed but you will never be forgotten my prayers goes out to his family friends and team mates

What a sad and senseless loss. I do hope the jerk who is responsible has a LONG time behind bars to reflect what misery he has brought on three families, not to mention the damage to his own. At least in the boating accident a few springs ago one could say the victums were responsible for the actions that brought ablut their deaths. Even if this young player never made his mark in MLB it is still a huge loss of a fine young man.

I feel and pray for everyone that Nick knew his family, friends, former classmates, coaches and current and former teammates.

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