Former Yankees Minor Leaguer Chace Numata Dies In Skateboard Accident

Alex Greenberg
September 04, 2019 - 2:21 pm
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Chace Numata, a former member of the Yankees minor league system, died on Monday from injuries sustained during an electronic skateboarding accident.

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Numata, 27, was a minor leaguer with the Tigers this year. He had been playing with the team’s Double-A affiliate in Erie, Ohio when the tragedy occurred.

According to The Detroit Free Press, surveillance video showed Numata riding his skateboard shortly after 2 a.m. on August 30. Numata’s skateboard stopped short, and he was thrown to the pavement, where he was later found, unconscious, by a motorist.

Numata was drafted in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Phillies. He had spent 2018 in the Yankees organization before signing a minor league deal with the Tigers this past offseason.

“Chace was beloved by many from our Major League club through all levels of our player development system," the Tigers said in a statement. "He had an engaging personality that quickly established him as a leader on and off the field, and his presence will be forever remembered in our organization and beyond. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, teammates and coaches.”

Numata was remembered by his teammates with the Erie SeaWolves as “the heart and soul of the team” and as someone who was "always dancing, always joking and making light of everything."