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Pirates mourn death of 24-year-old outfielder, Evan Chambers
Pirates mourn death of 24-year-old outfielder, Evan Chambers

Bradenton, Fl. - The Pirates organization is mourning the loss of a talented player and beloved teammate. Minor League outfielder Evan Chambers passed away in his sleep over the weekend. General Manager Neal Huntington released this statement: 

"All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates are shocked and saddened by Evan's sudden passing in his sleep this past weekend.  Beyond being just a talented ballplayer, Evan was a great teammate and a quiet leader who went about his craft as a professional every day.  Off the field, Evan loved making a difference in the community, and often dedicated a lot of his time working with children in the communities in which he played.  Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to his family for this unimaginable loss.  He was far too young.  He will be missed."

24-year-old Chambers was the Pirates' third-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He played at Lakeland Senior High School, the University of Florida and Hillsborough Community College. He played five seasons with the Pirates' system.  

You can read more about his career here. 

In lieu of flowers, the Chambers Family is asking donations be made in Evan's honor to a children's charity. The Pirates and Chamber's Family will announce details once they determine the charity.

Funeral services will be held this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the New Bethel African Methodist Espiscopal Church at 2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Lakeland, FL 33805.


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