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Friday, December 9th, 2016

R.I.P. GEREMI GONZALEZ

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Former Cubs pitcher Geremi Gonzalez has died at the age of 33. From USA Today:

A government official in Venezuela says former major league pitcher Geremi Gonzalez is dead after being hit by lightning in the South American country.

Emergency management official Herman Bracho says the 33-year-old pitcher was at the beach in western Venezuela and was on a pier when lightning struck him on Sunday night.

I worked for the Cubs in 1997 when he made his MLB debut, then known as “Jeremi”. Rigs was the manager then and it was also the year of the infamous 0-14 start. He was a very nice kid and one of the few bright spots that year. Arm injuries derailed what looked like a promising big league career.

R.I.P. Geremi Gonzalez.

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