Friday, April 11, 2008

Pitcher Michael Hutts Dies


Pitcher Michael Hutts Dies
Yellow Jacket junior found dead Friday morning

April 11, 2008

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's baseball players and coaching staff were notified late Friday afternoon on the death of pitcher Michael Hutts, 21, of Dunwoody, Ga. Hutts was a junior in the College of Management.

Atlanta Police Department officials, in conjunction with the Georgia Tech police, were still trying to determine cause of death late Friday afternoon.

Friday night's game against No. 1-ranked Miami has been postponed.


The tragic news of Michael Hutts' sudden passing can not be justified in words. Michael was an outstanding student-athlete, but more importantly an outstanding young man who had a deep impact on his teammates, coaches, classmates and the entire community. Our deepest heartfelt condolences go out to his parents and the entire Hutts family.

Head baseball coach Danny Hall and his staff will work closely with our players during this very difficult time. It is important that we offer these young men all the support that they need.

Hutts was found in his apartment at about 1:40pm Friday. Hutts father was on a business trip and was flying back from Toronto. Danny Hall told his team in a team meeting at 4:00pm and said they were devestated. An autopsy will be performed on Saturday.

Miami head coach Jim Morris, who coached at GT for 12 years, was notified about 2:00pm. Morris didn't know if the game would be played and learned later that the team had called it off.

``We went to the park [Russ Chandler Stadium] dressed for the game, not knowing whether we'd play. Once we got there they made a decision that the game would be cancelled, and rightfully so. [Coach] Danny Hall and their administration met with their team in the locker room and made us aware of their decision not to play.

``Danny Hall was very shaken, I can tell you that.''

There is already speculation on the net, but we won't participate in it. We'll just wait for official word like everyone else. In the meantime, we'll just offer our thoughts and prayers to the Hutts family and to his teammates.

D-Rad had this to say:

"This isn't supposed to happen to fine young men like Michael. It's not supposed to happen to college student athletes. To have a life cut short like this just just tragic."