Evan Chambers Passes Away at Age 24

I received some very sad news this afternoon that Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguer Evan Chambers has passed away at the age of 24. Around the same time I heard, several Pirates minor leaguers were expressing their condolences, which can be seen below. I’m not sure of the exact cause, although Phil Irwin tweeted that he died in his sleep over the weekend.

Professionally, Evan was drafted by the Pirates in the third round of the 2009 draft. He was considered a potential five tool talent when he was drafted, and spent the last four years in the Pirates’ system. He played between Bradenton and Altoona in 2012, and missed most of the 2013 season with a broken foot.

Personally, Evan was one of the nicest guys I’ve met. I can’t remember a time where I saw him and he was not smiling. That was even true when I saw him on an almost daily basis this past season during his slow recovery from his broken foot. Even with the injury and the lost season, he was as upbeat as ever.

This site is all about tracking players throughout the farm system, but the reality is that baseball is just entertainment and an escape from everyday life. There are far more important things, and sad news like this puts that all into perspective. The most important thing about Chambers wasn’t that he was athletic or that he had a lot of great tools on the baseball field. The most important thing was that he was a great person. It’s incredibly sad that the world lost such a great person at such a young age. Thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loves ones.

DONATIONS: The Chambers family has requested that donations be made in Evan’s name to the charity below in lieu of flowers.

Foundation for Dreams and Dream Oaks Camp
16110 Dream Oaks Place
Bradenton, FL 34212

www.foundationfordreams.org

On behalf of everyone at Pirates Prospects, I’ll be donating all of the advertising revenue generated from this article in Evan’s name.

Here are all of the sentiments expressed by members of the Pirates’ organization.

Neal Huntington:

“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.”

Kyle Stark:

Evan Chambers was a good young man who was liked and respected by most everyone he met. He worked hard, treated people right, and made those around him better for knowing him. He represented himself, his family, and our organization very well – and ultimately was what we all aspire to be here – a PRO.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • babeadamsforthehall

    Unbelievable to need to talk about a 24 year old in the past tense. So sad. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Jared

    My sincerest condolences to the Chambers family. It was an amazing person, even moreso even than an athlete. Rest in peace Evan!

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    Very sad and shocking to hear…..puts things in proper perspective. Just a very sad thing to hear.

  • BritBuc

    Wow, that’s terrible news. Only 24? Gives you some perspective on all the whining about contract moves, trades etc. Thoughts with his family, friends and teammates.

  • jon6er

    The heartfelt comments from his present and former teammates showed that he was a great person. Truly sad news for the family and it sounds like all that knew him.