Brad Halsey, a former Yankees and Long Island Ducks pitcher, died Tuesday, according to a tweet by his agency, O’Connell Sports. He was 33.
Halsey died in a recreational climbing accident near his Texas home, according to USA Today, citing a person close to Halsey’s family.
Halsey was drafted by the New York Yankees in the eighth round of the 2002 amateur draft. He debuted on June 19, 2004, with the Yankee, where he went 1-3 with a 6.47 ERA in eight games. He spent 2005 with Arizona Diamondbacks, posting an 8-12 record with a 4.61 ERA in 28 games. He was acquired by the Oakland Athletics in 2006, where he went 5-4 with a 4.67 ERA. It was in that season that he transitioned from a starter to a reliever. Halsey played his final game on October 1, 2006.
Halsey ended his career with a 4.84 ERA in 88 games over 286 1/3 innings pitched. He is most known for giving up Barry Bond’s 714th home run to tie Babe Ruth for the all-time home run lead.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Brad, who left us at far too young of an age.