Little League World Series hero, Olympic gold medalist Sean Burroughs ‘tragically passed away’ at 43

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Sean Burroughs, who threw back-to-back no-hitters within the Little League World Series, has died, Little League Worldwide introduced Friday. He was 43.

California’s Lengthy Seaside Little League confirmed Burroughs’ loss of life and mentioned in a social media publish he “tragically handed away” Thursday. Burroughs’ mom, Debbie, instructed the Southern California Information Group her son went into cardiac arrest.

Burroughs’ Lengthy Seaside crew received two Little League World Sequence championships. He went on to play for 4 huge league groups and received an Olympic gold medal in 2000.


Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Sean Burroughs towards the Florida Marlins at Chase Subject in Phoenix, Ariz., June 1, 2011. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA At this time Sports activities)

“We at USA Baseball are heartbroken to listen to of the tragic passing of Sean,” USA Baseball CEO Paul Seiler mentioned in an announcement. “Sean was part of certainly one of our most beloved groups, and he represented our nation on and off the sector in a first-class method. Our ideas and prayers are with the Burroughs household throughout this time.”


Burroughs was discovered unconscious close to his automotive shortly after he dropped his son, Knox, off for a Little League baseball sport, Lengthy Seaside Little League President Doug Wittman mentioned. Efforts to revive Burroughs have been unsuccessful. 

Sean Burroughs watches batting practice

Sean Burroughs of the Arizona Diamondbacks talks to teammates throughout batting observe earlier than a sport towards the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Subject July 19, 2011, in Phoenix, Ariz.   (Norm Corridor/Getty Photos)

“It was very stunning,” Wittman instructed The Orange County Register. “It is an actual sense of household at Lengthy Seaside Little League. So, once we lose certainly one of our personal, it hurts.”

“Sean was a legend in LBLL and the baseball group for successful back-to-back Little League World Sequence Championships for LBLL in 1992 and 1993,” Lengthy Seaside Little League wrote in an Instagram publish. “To say this can be a large loss is an understatement. … We could have his household in our ideas and prayers throughout this time and attempt to finish the season taking part in the type of baseball Coach Sean could be happy with.”

Sean Burroughs throws a baseball

Sean Burroughs of the Minnesota Twins throws towards the Boston Pink Sox April 25, 2012, at Goal Subject in Minneapolis. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Photos)

Burroughs adopted within the footsteps of his father, Jeff Burroughs. The elder Burroughs was named the American League MVP in 1974. 

Burroughs spent the primary 4 seasons of his huge league profession with the San Diego Padres. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in late 2005. After showing in eight video games with the Rays in 2006, Burroughs hit the pause button on his profession when he got here to the conclusion he not had “the fervour” for the sport. He additionally battled substance abuse points.


“I simply did not have the drive or the fervour,” Burroughs instructed ESPN in June 2011. “I used to be spent bodily and spent mentally. It simply wasn’t there. I used to be emotionally drained. I nonetheless beloved the sport and revered the sport, however I did not have the drive to go to the park every single day. I type of misplaced the will.”

He returned to the sport in 2011 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He later appeared in 10 video games for the Minnesota Twins earlier than his profession got here to an finish in 2012.

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