Late Phillies RHP Tyson Brummett flew to support front lines

Tyson Brummett #59 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Tyson Brummett #59 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Late Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett used his piloting hobby to support frontline healthcare workers

The professional baseball careers of former Philadelphia Phillies right-handed pitchers Tyson BrummettRoy Halladay, and Cory Lidle were far from the same.

Brummett appeared in just one major league game, while Halladay notched 203 wins across 16 seasons en route to a Hall of Fame nod and two Cy Young awards. Lidle, meanwhile, was somewhere between the two, going 82-72 with a 4.57 ERA spanning nine seasons.

While there are plenty of differences among the three, tragically, their final life chapter was the same — passing away from a small plane crash. As the pilot, Brummett’s took place Friday morning in Utah; three others were on board.

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Brummett had become a Certified Flight Instructor this past January and recently used his hobby to support healthcare workers on the front lines during the pandemic.

Through the nonprofit “Goggles for Docs,” created to help healthcare workers who are struggling to find traditional eye protection, Brummett volunteered to fly 270 donated ski and snowboard goggles from Utah to California. The goggles were then collected and delivered to nearby hospitals and medical facilities.

Brummett said he wanted to get involved with Goggles for Docs, along with his friend and fellow pilot Nick Henderson-Williams, because his sister is a Utah nurse and expressed the need for personal protective equipment. “It’s amazing the places aviation can take us and the impact we can have when we help others,” he said.

Since March, Goggles for Docs has donated more than 38,000 goggles for healthcare workers across the country.

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Brummett, a UCLA alumnus, was selected by the Phillies in the 2007 draft; he pitched in the organization from that year until 2012. His last appearance in 2012 was his lone big-league outing, two-thirds of an inning in the October 3 road season finale against the Washington Nationals.

Brummett was the last Phillies pitcher to appear in 2012, their first non-postseason finish since 2006.

The right-hander went on to play in the minors for the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers. After retiring, he stayed in baseball by serving as a pitching instructor for the youth Skullcandy Crushers travel team until February 2016.

Brummett passed away at just 35. Halladay was 40. Lidle was 34.