Tigers' prospect Chace Numata dies after accident

Posted at 5:27 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 17:31:02-04

A minor league player in the Detroit Tigers' organization has died following an accident.

The Tigers released a statement about the death of Chace Numata Monday afternoon.

Numata's team, the Erie Seawolves tweeted about the accident Sunday, saying it had happened on Auguest 29.

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— Erie SeaWolves (@erie_seawolves) September 1, 2019

Numata's family released the following statement through the Seawolves website:

It is with deep sorrow that the Numata Ohana announces that Chace Kekoa Kenji Numata, our beloved son, brother, and a friend to all, has passed away on September 2nd, 2019. Chace was a 27 year old, switch-hitting catcher from Pearl City, Hawaii that was blessed with the opportunity to professionally play the sport he loved for the Phillies, Yankees, and Tigers organizations for over ten seasons. Everyone who was around Chace knew there was never a stranger in the room when he was there. It didn't matter if you were a professional athlete or young child, he made sure to make everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. His smile was contagious, unrelenting, and never ending, while his personality could light up any environment he would be in. Our family would like to say Mahalo nui loa to everyone who prayed for, thought of, and acknowledged Chace during this difficult time. We heard you and we appreciate you all from the bottom of our hearts! #FORNUMI