Former UF baseball player Chambers dies


Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.

Evan Chambers, who played in four games for the Florida baseball team in 2008 and was in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system, died in his sleep over the weekend, the Pirates reported on their website Monday.

Chambers, who played at Lakeland High School and was drafted in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Pirates out of Hillsborough Community College, was 24 years old. He was a .227 career hitter in five minor league seasons and sat out last season with a broken foot.

"All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates are shocked and saddened by Evan's sudden passing in his sleep this past weekend," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a release. "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."

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