Doug Blosser, regular first baseman for the 1997 Spokane Indians baseball team, died early Saturday morning in a single-car accident that also claimed the life of his best friend.
The Florida Highway Patrol told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Blosser lost control of his Mustang on a poorly lit, two-lane road that contained puddles from heavy rain.
The car took out part of a wooden fence, turned on its side and struck two palm trees.
Blosser, 21, and Todd Sigler, 22, were ejected and died at the scene. Two female passengers were also ejected but survived. One was in critical condition at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
According to troopers, none of the four was wearing a seat belt.
Witnesses said the crash scene was littered with beer cans. FHP investigators have not determined if alcohol played a role in the accident.
Sigler’s mother, Marcia Pedersen, said the two left her house around midnight Friday. The accident occurred about 3 hours later.
Blosser and Sigler played for the Sarasota High team that won the 1994 state title. A teammate on that team, pitcher Doug Million, a highly regarded prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization, died from an asthma attack in late September. Blosser and Sigler, pallbearers at the funeral, had Million’s uniform number tattooed on their arms.
Blosser hit .296 for Spokane last summer, with 12 home runs, 50 runs batted in and a .540 slugging percentage. The left-handed hitter’s .420 on-base percentage was fourth-best in the Northwest League.
He had spent the off-season working as a counselor for the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club.
Blosser also played for Spokane in 1996, but was sent home for disciplinary reasons. He returned last year, determined to turn around his life after talking to his older brother, Greg, a Triple-A player in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization.
Doug Blosser, born in Sarasota, was the Kansas City Royals’ third selection in the June 1995 amateur draft.
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