The Pirates held the first overall pick in 2011 and spurned the two-way star Hultzen, instead opting to take an established right-handed pitcher from UCLA named Gerrit Cole, who now anchors their rotation.
The Mariners quickly scooped Hultzen up at No. 2 and gave him a $6.35 million signing bonus. Now, nearly six years later, Hultzen is a free agent with multiple shoulder surgeries, having never thrown an inning in the majors. It will never be known what effect, if any, being a two-way player in college had on his professional career, or any of the physical ailments he faced after being drafted, but the fact remains that the Pirates brought their organization back to life with an established college pitcher and the Mariners did not.
A Chicago man died one day after plunging over a Wrigley Field railing following Tuesday night’s Cubs game.
Richard E. Garrity, 42, fell from an undisclosed height and landed on his head while leaving the ballpark around 11 p.m. CT Tuesday, causing head trauma.
Garrity was pronounced dead at 3:33 p.m. Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time, the Cubs said in a statement.
Garrity, a marketing manager with Heineken, attended the game as a work outing with colleagues and his wife, his father, Richard Garrity Sr., told the Chicago Tribune.
The incident occurred after the Cubs defeated the Reds, 9-5 ’ a game which ended at 10:20 p.m.
Further details about the circumstances that led to Garrity’s fall were not released.