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Ryan Costello update - Auckland Tuatara

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Ryan Costello’s parents are currently getting ready to make their way out to New Zealand after the 23-year-old passed away suddenly while getting ready to play his first Australian Baseball League season with the Auckland Tuatara.

His Connecticut-based parents will head to New Zealand and travel back to the US with the Minnesota Twins prospect.

Meanwhile the players and staff of the Tuatara are turning to each other for strength and support during this horrible situation. They spent most of yesterday together as a team, comforting each other and sharing stories of Ryan.

At the request of the playing group the club has decided to leave all mentions, photos and video of Ryan up on our social media platforms and will release a video tomorrow that features him during some team building exercises that was filmed in the past few days. Some private video will be offered to Ryan’s family.

Out of respect for him, we will not be posting any other messages today, including pre-planned media releases and sponsor posts.

The team hopes to be able to train later today - players won’t be required to do so if they don’t feel up to it. Support will continue to be offered to everyone in the team for as long as it is needed.

Thursday’s game against the Perth Heat will go ahead as planned, with the club and teammates set to honour Ryan in a pre-game ceremony.

The Tuatara wishes to thank the Minnesota Twins organisation for their ongoing support during this difficult time. We’d also like to thank the Australian Baseball League for their support.

Massey University, where the team is staying, have been fantastic in providing us with support and assistance and we thank them for their understanding. We’d also like to acknowledge the first responders and police that attended yesterday.

It has been especially comforting to receive the thousands of messages of support from rival teams and players, friends and teammates of Ryan’s back in the United States, from sponsors and fans of the club in New Zealand and from members of the media. The kind words provide a little comfort at a very trying time.

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