Keli McGregor, the president of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies, was found dead in a hotel room in Salt Lake City hotel yesterday. After a day of investigation, police said he appears to have died from natural causes. He was trying to boost fan interest in Utah, which does not have a Major League team.
Business colleagues found the 48-year-old McGregor unconscious in his hotel room after they had tried unsuccessfully to reach him, said police spokesman Rick Wall. Emergency responders were unable to revive him, as reported by guardian.co.uk.
1993 McGregor joined the Rockies as senior director of operations, becoming president in 2001.
The Rockies were set to play against the Washington Nationals just hours after they learned of McGregor’s death. They went into shock, but knew he would have wanted them to play on. There was a moment of silence before first pitch. A jersey bearing his name and football number (88) hung in the club’s dugout. The Denver Post reported that the players would wear a commemorative patch on their uniforms starting Wednesday. The Rockies won the game, 10-4.
“Words cannot describe the level of shock and disbelief that we are feeling at the loss of Keli,” said the team owner Charlie Monfort. “Our thoughts, our prayers are with Lori and the entire family as we all try to cope and understand how such a tragic loss could occur with such a wonderful man.”
“He embraces everything … and has been in the forefront of everything that the Colorado Rockies are about and everything that they represent,” said manager Tracy,” I came to love him in a very short period of time … simply because he embraced all of the values that were very pertinent to the way I was raised.”
He is survived by his wife, Lori, and four children: daughters Jordan, Taylor and Landri, and a son, Logan.