Stephen Gant, High School Pitcher, Found Dead

High School Pitcher Stephen Gant Dies, Apparent Suicide

The big news in prospect circles today is the death of high school pitcher Stephen Gant, who apparently committed suicide. A Vanderbilt signee, the right-hander from Parsons, Tennessee, was rated as a potential early pick for the June draft. The news of this came out a couple of days ago but has been slow to disseminate.

Why would a young man with his entire life ahead of him choose to end it?

The only person who can really answer that is Stephen, and there is a good chance that he didn't know himself. Severe depression and a myriad of other psychological or even physical issues can lead to poisoned, self-destructive thinking. It doesn't always matter what the objective facts of life are: it is the subjective experience inside the human mind that can drive the soul to despair. The pit can seem bottomless, and sometimes people can't see a way out. I have been there myself.

Gant was a good prospect, but what-might-have-beens don't strike me as appropriate now. Beyond any baseball consideration, this is a great tragedy for his friends, loved ones, and family. May they eventually find some peace.

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