As I left the LA Times Festival of Books this afternoon, I called a friend in St. Louis who told me that Josh Hancock had died in a car accident early this morning. Like all of Cardinal Nation, I am stunned and saddened. It is hard to accept tragic news like this once, much less twice in 5 years.
Josh had only been with the Cardinals since last season, but he had established himself as a reliable member of the bullpen and a friend to many on the team. He contributed to last year’s championship team, appearing in 3 postseason games. If there is any consolation, it comes in knowing that he did win a World Series ring in his brief 29 years of life, something many players never experience.
My sincere condolences go out to the Hancock family and the Cardinals family.