Bivens went on to express his gratitude for the immense support that he’s received from the baseball community, including the Rays organization. On Tuesday, Matthew Thomas Bernard, Bivens’ 18-year-old brother-in-law, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. He led police on a foot chase near the Virginia-North Carolina border while he was naked on Tuesday afternoon. The Bivens’ family dog was also killed, and police remain unsure of Bernard’s motives for the grizzly crime.
Bivens was a fourth round pick of the Rays in the 2014 MLB Draft. The 24-year old right-handed pitcher has compiled a 4-0 record to go along with a 3.95 ERA for the Double A Biscuits during the 2019 season. Blevins pitched four innings of relief and surrendered two earned runs against Chattanooga on Sunday in his most recent appearance for the team.
According to court documents from the Associated Press, Bernard reportedly punched a neighbor in the arm and proceeded to run away. That same neighbor then heard gunshots next door before eventually finding Joan Bernard’s body laying in the driveway. The bodies of Emily and Cullen Bivens were found inside the home.
“Earlier today we learned that Blake Bivens, a pitcher with our Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, suffered a terrible family tragedy in southern Virginia,” the Rays said in a statement. “Our hearts are broken for Blake.” Police found a rifle in a wooded area near the home and a bloody sledgehammer in the garage of the home. More than 100 police officers assisted in the manhunt for Bernard, who even attempted to choke a church groundskeeper during the chase. 
Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Blake Bivens saw his life change forever earlier this week when his wife, child and mother-in- law were all allegedly murdered by his brother-in-law. On Thursday, Bivens took to social media to make his first statement since the tragedy. He expressed how thankful he was for his for the time he had with his wife, son and mother-in-law in a heartfelt message and stated that he wasn’t sure what the next step was going to be for him.
Following his capture, Bernard had to be taken to the hospital for a short time after he banged his head on the cage inside a police vehicle. He currently remains back in jail and is on suicide watch.
Following the tragedy, the Biscuits canceled their doubleheader against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Tuesday.