Infielder's father killed in tragic accident

Infielder's father killed in tragic accident

Infielder's father killed in tragic accident
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Infielder Anthony Seratelli has left the Royals' Minor League training camp after his father, Russell Seratelli, 47, was killed in a freak auto accident on Monday in New Jersey.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Russell Seratelli was driving on the Garden State Parkway when a runaway tire and rim bounced over the median and crashed through the windshield. He died at the scene. His daughter, Danielle Seratelli, 25, was sitting in the passenger seat but escaped injury.

Scott Sharp, the Royals' director of Minor League operations, said in a statement: "We received some terrible news this morning when we learned of the untimely passing of Russell Seratelli, father of Royals' Minor League infielder Anthony Seratelli, yesterday near the family home in New Jersey. Our organization prides itself on not only getting to know our athletes, but the families of each athlete, and this tragedy has cut deeply into every one of us. On behalf of the Kansas City Royals, our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony and his entire family as they mourn the passing of an outstanding father and gentleman."

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Anthony Seratelli, 28, has been in the Royals' organization since 2007 when his contract was purchased from the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League. He played last year with Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas.