Miguel Marte Former Oakland A’s Minor Leaguer Dies of COVID-19

Miguel Marte

Former Oakland Athletics minor league player Miguel Marte has died from complications from COVID-19. Marte who is 30 years old died this past Tuesday. Marte had been living in New Jersey working as a truck driver.

Marte’s Career

Marte was signed as an undrafted free agent in September 2007 out of the Dominican Republic. He played for the A’s minor league system from 2008-2012. He played first base and catcher throughout his brief career. Marte never made it past the Single-A Vermont Monsters.

In five seasons Marte slashed .251/.320/.373 with 16 HR and 117 RBI. Marte was 18 years old when he made his professional debut.

Oakland Athletics Family

Marte is the second member of the Oakland Athletics Family to contract the coronavirus. In March a minor league manager, Webster Garrison, was hospitalized due to the coronavirus. Garrison is recovering after three weeks on a ventilator. Garrison came off the ventilator on April 16th. He is improved but still hospitalized. He was to coach the A’s rookie ball team in the Arizona League.

Athletics Statement

“The A’s are mourning the loss of former Athletic minor leaguer Miguel Marte, who passed away earlier this week due to complications from COVID-19. Marte played in the A’s system from 2008-2012. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

The Major League Baseball Players Association said in a statement. “Players and the entire baseball community mourn the passing of Miguel Marte. We extend our most sincere condolences to Miguel’s family.”

Coronavirus

The coronavirus has devastated the sports world. The NBA and NHL have halted their seasons. MLB stopped Spring Training in mid-March. The NFL has yet to have any official practices canceled but that could be on the horizon. MLB is determined to have a 2020 season with several scenarios being discussed.

Miguel Angel Marte is survived by his wife, Jasmin, and their children, twins Isabella and Miguel Angel.

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