Our best wishes, thoughts, and prayers go out to the family of Josh Hancock and the St. Louis Cardinals. Hancock, a former Red, died today in a car accident in St. Louis:

Police said the 29-year-old Hancock was alone in his 2007 Ford Explorer when he struck the rear of a tow truck at 12:35 a.m. The truck was in the left lane assisting another vehicle that was involved in a prior accident, officer Pete Mutter said.

Hancock was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tow truck, whose name was not released by police, was in the truck at the time of the crash but was not injured.

Josh Hancock was, frankly, treated rather shabbily by the Reds, and it would have been nice to have his arm in our bullpen the last two seasons. RIP.