May 21, 2024

Former MLB infielder, LLWS star Sean Burroughs dies at 43

Sean Burroughs, a winner of the Little League World Series, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist and a first-round choose within the MLB draft, has died at the age of 43.

The Long Beach Little League based mostly in California stated in a statement posted to Instagram that Burroughs “tragically passed away” Thursday afternoon. His mom, Debbie, instructed the Southern California News Group that the reason for dying was cardiac arrest.

According to Long Beach Little League president Doug Wittman, Burroughs was discovered unconscious subsequent to his automobile within the car parking zone at a Long Beach ballfield after dropping off his son, Knox, for a Little League sport.

Wittman stated CPR was carried out on Burroughs in hopes of reviving him however that he remained unresponsive and was pronounced useless at the scene shortly after.

“It was very shocking,” Wittman told The Orange County Register. “It’s a real sense of family at Long Beach Little League. So when we lose one of our own, it hurts.”

In its assertion, the Long Beach Little League praised Burroughs as “a legend in LBLL and the baseball community for winning back-to-back Little League World Series Championships for LBLL in 1992 and 1993.”

“To say this is a huge loss is an understatement,” the assertion continued. “… We will have his family in our thoughts and prayers during this time and try to end the season playing the kind of baseball Coach Sean would be proud of.”

Burroughs threw back-to-back no-hitters to assist Long Beach to consecutive Little League championships then went on to star at Long Beach Wilson High.

The son of 1974 American League MVP Jeff Burroughs was chosen with the No. 9 total choose by the San Diego Padres in 1998. The third baseman made his main league debut in April 2002, recorded the primary walk-off hit for the Padres in Petco Park historical past in 2004 and was out of baseball in 2007 earlier than returning to play from 2011 to 2012.

“I just didn’t have the drive or the passion,” Burroughs instructed ESPN in June 2011 of his determination to stroll away from the sport. “I was spent physically and spent mentally. It just wasn’t there. I was emotionally drained. I still loved the game and respected the game, but I didn’t have the drive to go to the park every day. I kind of lost the desire.”

Burroughs instructed ESPN that he was a substance abuser residing in low cost motels in Las Vegas and consuming out of trash cans. It lasted till he seemed within the mirror, determined he did not acknowledge himself and vowed to show issues round.

He moved again into his childhood dwelling, underneath the home guidelines, and labored himself again into baseball form.

Burroughs performed for the Padres from 2002 to 2005 and was traded to Tampa Bay in late 2005. The Rays launched him the next August. After a quick stint within the Seattle Mariners‘ group, he walked away from the sport.

He signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 and ended his MLB profession in 2012 after 10 video games with the Minnesota Twins.

Burroughs performed 79 video games with the unbiased Long Island Ducks (2015-16), profitable the Atlantic League batting title in 2015.

Chosen for the 2000 U.S. workforce that received its first-ever gold medal in Sydney, Burroughs performed in 4 video games at the Olympics and compiled a .375 batting common.

“We at USA Baseball are heartbroken to hear of the tragic passing of Sean,” USA Baseball govt director and CEO Paul Seiler stated in a press release. “Sean was a part of one of our most beloved teams, and he represented our country on and off the field in a first-class manner. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burroughs family during this time.”

In his main league profession, Burroughs appeared in 528 video games, batted .278, hit 12 dwelling runs and drove in 143.

He appeared as an additional in TV exhibits “Knots Landing” and “Saved by the Bell,” in addition to the movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

Field Level Media and The Associated Press contributed to this report.