Yesterday it was announced that Pirates manager Chuck Tanner had passed away at the age of 82 after a long illness.
There was reaction from many in the baseball world and all reactions were positive, as that was the kind of person that Tanner was. I never personally met Tanner, but from everything I have heard from people, he was just the nicest person and great to be around.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda referred to Tanner as a “brother” when commenting on Tanner’s passing.
Current Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm noted that he enjoyed every conversation he had with Tanner was a great and enjoyable experience.
Pittsburgh-born Neil Walker understood Tanner’s impact as well, as he knew how important he was in Pirates history.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig also remarked on Tanner’s legacy and what he will leave to the game of baseball.
There was so much reaction and love from Pirates fans everywhere on Facebook, Twitter and other social mediums.
If the Pirates do not observe a moment of silence on Opening Day and then make a patch on the jerseys with his name or number then it may be the lowest point in Pirates history.
Again, I did not have the pleasure of meeting Tanner, he made you feel like you knew him with his kind nature and calling him Chuck just seemed so fitting.
Shortly after the 2006 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh, where Tanner received a loud ovation from the crowd, Tanner had cancer and survived which prompted Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook to ask why Tanner could not live another 30 years or so.
Regardless, Tanner won the hearts off all of Pittsburgh and he will always be remembered.
Rest in peace Chuck!