ORIOLES PITCHER DIES

A shame: 23-year-old Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler died this morning from heat stroke suffered in training camp, leaving behind a wife 7 months pregnant with their first child. According to WaPo, “Bechler is believed to be the first player to die of heatstroke in Major League Baseball history and only the second to die from on-field activities. Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians died in 1920 after being hit in the head by a pitch.” To made a sad situation worse, questions are being asked as to whether Bechler was taking a dietary supplement containing ephedrine.

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