Former MLB pitcher, Charlie Haeger (age 37) was found dead on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon. The cause of death has been initially ruled as an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Charlie Haeger’s Pitching Career
Haeger pitched in the majors (mostly as a reliever) from 2006-2010. During his MLB tenure, Haeger pitched for the Chicago White Sox (2006-2007), the San Diego Padres (2008), and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2009-2010). Prior to the cancellation of this year’s minor league season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Haeger had been hired to serve as the Chicago Cubs Double-A pitching coach (Tennessee Smokies).
Charlie Haeger’s Decision to Commit Suicide
So many people unfortunately choose suicide as an alternative to battling physical or mental illnesses that they can no longer cope with, but Haeger had another motive. He was wanted by the police on felony charges.
A day prior to Charlie Haeger’s death, Haeger had allegedly shot and killed his former girlfriend (Danielle Long) at her Arizona apartment. Haeger also allegedly pointed the firearm at Long’s roommate before leaving the scene and going on the run. Charlie Haeger was immediately named the prime suspect in Long’s murder and the felonious assault charge which would have resulted from Haeger pointing a firearm at Long’s roommate.
The Flagstaff, Arizona Police Department found Charlie Haeger’s car abandoned in Flagstaff, prior to the discovery of his body. Flagstaff is located 79 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and no details have been released as to how Haeger made the trip prior to taking his own life.
Obviously, it’s unclear as to whether or not this incident would have occured, had MiLB been able to play this season, but had the minor leaguers been able to play, it’s likely that Haeger may have been (mentally) in a better place.
This was a tragic and avoidable incident, and on behalf of Overtime Heroics, I’d like to extend out condolences and well-wishes to all who’ve been affected by this senseless act of violence.
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