Chace Numata had one of those smiles that lit up a room and he wasn’t afraid to freely show his smile. That light went out Monday when Numata passed away after suffering injuries in a skateboarding accident Friday morning. Numata was a member of the Erie SeaWolves, the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
According to GoErie.com, Numata, 27, was found injured in downtown Erie Friday morning and rushed to the hospital. After finding Numata with a head wound, police reviewed local surveillance videos and confirmed that no vehicles or other people were involved in the incident. Numata was riding his skateboard home after Friday night’s game and the video showed the skateboard suddenly stopping as though it had hit a rock or other object. Numata fell forward and landed head-first, apparently immediately being knocked unconscious by the impact.
The Tigers issued a statement on Friday confirming that Numata had been injured and was hospitalized. The statement asked for thoughts and prayers for Numata. On Monday, it was confirmed that Numata had passed away as a result of the injuries.
The Phillies had drafted Numata, a catcher, in the 14th round of the 2010 Draft out of Pearl City High School in Hawaii. After playing eight seasons in the Phillies organization, Numata played one season in the Yankees organization and then signed with Detroit prior to the 2019 season For the first time in his career, Numata reached Triple-A this season, playing six games with Toledo and going 6-for-20 (.300). He spent the majority of the season with Double-A Erie where he hit .239/.291/.355 with the SeaWolves.