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News came from Atlanta last night that Tommy Hanson, a journeyman pitcher who spent most of his time with the Atlanta Braves, died at Piedmont Hospital from catastrophic organ failure. He was admitted Sunday after he was having trouble breathing, and fell into a coma thereafter. Little is known about the cause of his breathing difficulties or how they escalated so quickly.
After a promising start in 2009 with the Braves, carrying a 2.89 ERA over 21 starts, his performance gradually slipped each subsequent year. Then, after finding himself on the 2011 disabled list due to shoulder issues, he looked to other teams, attempting comebacks with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and San Francisco Giants, but failed to make the roster on those teams.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Tommy Hanson, who was only 29-years-old when he passed on Monday night.