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Former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died from cocaine use


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Dec. 11, 2015 - 11:55 AM

BY DOUG GORMAN - dgorman@newnan.com

Former Atlanta Brave Tommy Hanson died from delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity.

According to Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk the death was an accidental overdose of cocaine.

The former Braves pitcher died on Nov. 9 after being found unresponsive at a home in Coweta County and rushed to the hospital.

Hanson was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 22nd round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Amateur draft. He made his major league debut with the Braves in 2009 at the age of 22.

The right-handed pitcher was part of the Braves rotation for four seasons and never had a losing record, finishing with a career-best 13-10 record in 2012.

He also pitched one season with the Los Angeles Angels in the American League in 2013 and finished 4-3.

During his five-year major league career, Hanson compiled a 49-35 record with 648 strikeouts, just 249 walks. He also had a 3.80 ERA.