Tyler Skaggs was a baseball starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels from 2012 until his death in 2019. Here, we explore everything we know about Tyler Skaggs’ wife, Carli Skaggs.
Skaggs, 27, was found dead on 1 July 2019 while on a team trip to Texas. According to a coroner’s report, he died after ingesting oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol. On Thursday, 17 February 2022, a former Los Angeles Angels employee was found guilty by a federal jury of providing Tyler Skaggs with the the drugs that led to his overdose, ESPN reports.
Per CBS News, Carli Skaggs, Tyler Skaggs’ wife, gave an emotional testimony about her last contact with her husband. Carli and Tyler’s mother, Debbie Hetman, hugged each other as the final verdict was announced.
What we know about Tyler Skaggs’ wife Carli
Tyler and his wife Carli Skaggs (nee Miles) married in 2018. Skaggs proposed to Carli in Bora Bora on 9 November 2017. He shared a picture of the moment he got down on one knee with the caption: “The love of my life said yes,” followed by ring and heart emojis.
Tyler frequently shared photographs of their lives together on Instagram, and it appears they loved to travel. There are photos of Tyler and Carli in Tahiti, the Maldives, and at various social gatherings.
Carli and her mother Nina have their own travel company, Miles 2 Travel, which draws on their “own travel experiences to provide first-hand recommendations and deliver expertly crafted itineraries to clients”.
On 31 December 2018, Tyler posted a photo of their wedding day. He captioned the post: “2018 was the best year yet. Thank you to everyone who helped make it special.”
The event wasn’t without its hitches, though, as the wedding destination in Malibu was almost destroyed by “raging wildfires” in 2018. However, as Carli said, “we were very lucky” and the wedding went ahead as planned.
Carli on what it’s like being a ‘baseball wife’
Carli told Wealth Management being a “so-called baseball wife has a stress all of its own”. She added: “Since Tyler’s regularly on the move, we lack that traditional stability.”
The couple bought a home in Santa Monica and planned to start a family. However, Carli said she could never bring herself to move in but still visited just to “hang out there”.
Carli is on Instagram but her account @carskaggs is set to private. The last photo Tyler uploaded of the couple came on Valentine’s Day 2019. He shared a photo with Carli writing: “Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life.”
How Carli and Tyler’s mother have honoured his legacy
Before the one year-anniversary of Tyler’s death in 2020, Carli Skaggs and Tyler’s mother, Debbie Hetman, spoke to the LA Times about how they have been processing his tragic death.
During the interview, Carli said she “wears Tyler’s wedding ring on a simple chain around her neck and gently holds it when times are tough”. They also spoke about how Tyler’s spirit helped them through the grieving process and inspired the work of the Tyler Skaggs Foundation.
Its website states: “The Tyler Skaggs Foundation empowers young people through the gift of sports by supporting local athletic programmes and other initiatives that will provide the tools to build confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.”
Per the LA Times article from 2020, Carli and Debbie have “handed out free lunches to Santa Monica children from low-income families, refurbished a batting cage at Tyler’s North Venice Little League, sponsored a travel team and supported two student athletes on a missionary trip”.
His legacy lives on.