Nick Cafardo on MLB Network.

The baseball media world has lost a long-time presence, with Boston Globe national baseball columnist Nick Cafardo passing away Thursday at 62.  As per a report from Bob Hohler in the Globe, Cafardo was at the Red Sox’s Fort Myers, Florida spring training home of JetBlue Park on a day off when he suffered a pulmonary embolism:

Cafardo’s love of baseball and commitment to his craft compelled him to report to JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Red Sox, on one of his rare days off. He was apparently stricken by an embolism at the park, and members of the Sox medical team were unable to revive him.

Cafardo first joined the Globe in 1989 after covering the Red Sox for the (Quincy, MA-based) Patriot-Ledger; he spent time there covering both the Red Sox and the Patriots before fully returning to baseball in 2004. Comments from Globe editor Brian McGrory indicate just how much Cafardo will be missed at the paper:

“Nick was one of the best people to ever walk through our doors — generous with his time and insights, immensely knowledgeable, deeply devoted to the Globe,”’ the Globe’s editor, Brian McGrory, said. “He had a view of the Red Sox and the game on a national scale that is virtually unrivaled.”

“For those reasons, he was one of our most read writers, constantly attracting followers near and far, his weekly baseball notes column being destination reading for tens of thousands of people.”

And Cafardo will be missed around the baseball world, too. He also wrote several books, including 2002’s The Impossible Team on the Patriots, and coauthored Tom Glavine’s 2016 book Inside Pitch and Jerry Remy’s forthcoming book If These Walls Could Talk, and he served as a correspondent for NESN and MLB Network. (The above photo is from a MLBN segment earlier this month.) Plenty of sports media figures took to Twitter Thursday to pay tribute to Cafardo; here are some of those tweets.

Our thoughts go out to Cafardo’s family and friends.

[The Boston Globe]

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