On Tuesday morning, the Detroit Tigers tweeted out the devastating news that first base coach Kimera Bartee had passed away at the age of 49.
Following the announcement, Tigers GM Al Avila said Bartee’s “spirit will never be forgotten.”
From Detroit Free Press:
“All of us in the Tigers baseball family were shocked and saddened,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said in a statement. “Throughout his time in our organization as both a player and a coach, Kimera was known as a kind soul but intense competitor who did his best every day to elevate those around him to do great things. While Tigers fans got used to seeing him in the first base coach’s box, Kimera’s impact on our ballclub went far deeper and will be sorely missed.