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Patrick Corbin posts tribute to Tyler Skaggs one year after his death

Patrick Corbin posts tribute to Tyler Skaggs one year after his death

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of an accidental drug overdose on July 1, 2019, putting the baseball in a community in a state of mourning over the sudden loss of the lefty’s life.

Among those affected the most by his death was Nationals starter Patrick Corbin. Skaggs and Corbin were both drafted by the Angels in 2009 before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks together a year later. They became close friends while working through minor leagues, each making their MLB debut in 2012. Skaggs was traded back to the Angels in 2013, but the two starters remained friends.

Only one day after Skaggs was found dead in a Texas hotel room, Corbin took the mound for an emotional start against the Miami Marlins. He obtained permission from MLB to wear Skaggs’ No. 45 on the back of his jersey instead of his usual No. 46. Against all odds, the left-hander went seven strong innings allowing just one run on six hits with seven strikeouts.

He marked the one-year anniversary of Skaggs’ death Wednesday by posting a picture of the jersey he wore that day on Instagram with the words “RIP Tyler, we miss you” written across the photo.

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Ten days after Corbin’s start, the Angels all wore Skaggs jerseys for their first home game following their teammate’s death. Los Angeles went on to throw a no-hitter that afternoon before laying out their jerseys on the mound after the game. Inexplicably, the last no-hitter to be thrown in California before that game was on July 13, 1991—the day Skaggs was born.

Skaggs’ death remains part of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration into how many people within the Angels’ organization knew about the pitcher’s drug use prior to his death.

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Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Davey Martinez has a new job: piggyback ride.

Asdrúbal Cabrera hopped on the Nationals manager Monday night following his second home run of the evening. Cabrera took a ride through a jubilant dugout in what became a rout for the struggling Nationals.

Cabrera homered twice Monday.

The idea was also partially a troll of a new member of the Mets, Brian Dozier. Dozier would hop on stout batting practice pitcher Ali Modami following a home run last season and ride through the dugout. Modami opted out of this season.

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The Nationals finally had something to dance about in the dugout after scoring 16 runs Monday night in Citi Field. They are 5-7 on the season.

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Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

The 2020 MLB season has not been too kind to the New York Mets. Injuries and blown games have the team struggling out the gate, and though some could chalk that up to the "typical Mets," it doesn't make it any better.

Sitting at 7-9, the record could be worse, but high expectations have not been met early on in the shortened season. Things only got worse on Monday against the Nationals as New York found itself trailing 14-0 in the sixth inning. Remember, this is a baseball game, not football.

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The scene is something that isn't too unfamiliar for fans of the team, but one major difference is that there are no boos coming from the stands, or fans heading for the exits early. Instead, cardboard supporters stick it out no matter what the product on the field looks like.

Yet, that did not stop Twitter from getting in jokes about what was transpiring. To them, a realistic-feel to the contest would include the cardboard cutouts being carried away long before the last out is recorded and a different noise being piped in.

Even in a season where baseball doesn't feel normal, there are some things that remain the same. One of those is the Mets being the brunt of a joke. 

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