Former White Sox Pitcher Dies In ATV Crash At 28

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Former Chicago White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died in an ATV accident on Oct. 14 in Tennessee.

Webb, 28, reportedly broke his neck when his ATV hit an object in the woods and rolled over, WKRN reported.  

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis confirmed that Webb was killed, stating that it was a "tragic accident, and we should rally around the family," reports the Daily Mail.

Webb had gotten married earlier in 2017, and his wife gave birth to the couple's daughter in August.

His wife and two others were also injured in the accident, and were hospitalized.

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Webb spent four seasons with the White Sox, making 94 appearances as a relief pitcher from 2013 to 2016.

He was drafted by Toronto in 2009 and traded to the White Sox after the 2011 season, notes ESPN. He made his Major League debut in September 2013 at Yankee Stadium. The first batter he faced was Derek Jeter.

Webb, who pitched 110 innings in his career and struck out 93 batters, pitched only one inning in 2016 due to an arm injury. He had Tommy John surgery in June of that year, and was released by the White Sox at the end of the season.

"Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident," said the team in an official statement. "He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with [this] tragic news."

His former teammate, Dan Jennings, tweeted a tribute after hearing the news about his death. "Saddened by the death of another former teammate, gone too [soon] Daniel Webb," he wrote. "Prayers for his family and newborn baby."

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In the report of Webb's death on the Major League Baseball website, it is told how he was affected by his mother's sudden passing in 2014, as he was competing for a spot on the White Sox roster during Spring Training.

"I thought about her every day," Webb is quoted as saying. "Some days were worse than others. Some days it hit me and … it took a while for it to set in, really."

In honor of his mother, the Rawlings company customized one of Webb's gloves with her name.

Sources: Daily Mail, ESPN, Major League Baseball / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Getty Images via Daily Mail, Max Pixel

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