Sean Burroughs, ex-MLB first-round pick and LLWS star, dies at 43 – NBC 7 San Diego

Sean Burroughs, a former MLB first-round draft pick and two-time Little League World Series champion with Long Beach, Calif., died Thursday while coaching his son’s Little League game, Little League announced Friday International. He was 43 years old.

The cause of death was not immediately released.

“I had the privilege of coaching Sean for the past two years and he always had a fun, friendly attitude that kids were drawn to, a wealth of baseball knowledge that could get any kid out of a rut hitters and a humility worthy of imitation. “, Long Beach Little League President Doug Wittman said in a statement. “To say this is a tremendous loss is an understatement.”

Sean Burroughs, the son of 1974 AL MVP Jeff Burroughs, first played on the Little League World Series stage. He helped Long Beach become the first American league to win back-to-back LLWS titles in 1992 and 1993. During Long Beach’s 1993 title run, Burroughs made LLWS history as the first player American to throw two consecutive hits, and he posted a .600 batting average at the plate as well.

The San Diego Padres selected Burroughs from Woodrow Wilson High School (Long Beach, California) with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 MLB Draft. The third baseman first reached the bigs in 2002, when he singled in the first regular season game ever played at Petco Park in San Diego. Burroughs would spend four seasons with the Padres, hitting .282/.340/.360 in 432 games.

“We mourn the passing of former Padres third baseman Sean Burroughs,” the Padres said. said in a post on, formerly known as Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.”

Burroughs went on to play seven total seasons in the majors, playing for the Padres (2002-05), Tampa Bay Rays (2006), Arizona Diamondbacks (2011) and Minnesota Twins (2012). Burroughs, who also spent time in the Seattle Mariners (2007) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2013) organizations, was away from baseball for four years as he battled substance abuse issues that left me have taken away from my aspirations and my dreams,” he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 2012.

He made 528 MLB appearances, hitting .278/.335/.355 with 12 home runs and 143 RBIs. Burroughs was also part of Team USA’s gold medal-winning squad at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“We at USA Baseball are heartbroken to learn of Sean’s tragic passing,” USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler said in a statement. “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.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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