PHOENIX -- Rich Aurilia played with Josh Hancock on the Cincinnati Reds in 2005, and he remembered the relief pitcher Sunday as a quiet man who went about his business. Hancock, a member of the Cardinals since the start of the 2006 season, died in St. Louis on Saturday night in a traffic accident. "He was pretty much on the disabled list the whole year I played with him," said Aurilia, the Giants utility player who returned to the team this season as a free agent. "I can't say I spent too much time with him because they wouldn't let him travel with the team. At home he was always around, and he just did his work.
"But you hate to see something like that happen to anybody. Somebody just told me about it a few minutes ago. What can you say? Your thoughts and prayers go out to his family." Aurilia, in the starting lineup Sunday against the D-backs at third base, played for the Reds in 2005 and 2006. Hancock was traded by the Phillies to the Reds at the non-waiver trade deadline in 2004. He had surgery to repair a groin that offseason and was on the disabled list from April 1 to Sept. 1, 2005, Aurilia's first year with the team. Hancock was released by the Reds on Jan. 12, 2006, and was signed by the Cardinals a little more than a month later. "I was just glad to see him do so well last year," Aurilia said. "The Reds released him before we even got to camp. He had a really good year and won the World Series. I was happy to see that success." As far as having a contemporary die so suddenly, Aurilia said those incidents help put life into perspective. "You always think something like that won't happen to me," he said. "But it happens to everybody. Unfortunately it's always magnified when it happens to somebody in the public eye. It happens to people every day. Sometimes it's a wakeup call."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.