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Sean Burroughs, Former Padres First-Round Draft Pick And Little League World Series Star, Passes Away At Age 43

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Former first-round MLB draft pick and two-time Little League World Series champion with Long Beach (Calif.), Sean Burroughs, died suddenly while coaching his son’s Little League game on Thursday, as announced by Little League International on Friday. The cause of death of the 43-year-old athlete was not immediately disclosed.

Long Beach Little League president Doug Wittman expressed his sentiments, stating, ‘I have had the privilege of coaching with Sean for the past two years, and he always brought a fun and friendly attitude that the kids were drawn to, along with a wealth of baseball knowledge that could help any kid out of a batting rut. His humility was worth emulating. To say this is a huge loss is an understatement.’

Sean Burroughs, son of 1974 AL MVP Jeff Burroughs, initially made his mark on the Little League World Series stage. He played a pivotal role in Long Beach’s historic consecutive LLWS titles in 1992 and 1993. During the 1993 championship run, Burroughs etched his name in LLWS history by pitching back-to-back no-hitters, a feat unmatched by any American player, while also boasting an impressive .600 batting average at the plate.

Selected by the San Diego Padres out of Woodrow Wilson High School (Long Beach, Calif.) as the ninth overall pick in the 1998 MLB Draft, Burroughs made his major league debut in 2002. He clinched a memorable walk-off single in the first regular-season game ever played at San Diego’s Petco Park. Over the course of four seasons with the Padres, Burroughs compiled a batting average of .282/.340/.360 across 432 games.

Burroughs enjoyed a seven-season career in the majors, representing the Padres (2002-05), Tampa Bay Rays (2006), Arizona Diamondbacks (2011), and Minnesota Twins (2012). He also spent time in the Seattle Mariners (2007) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2013) organizations.

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

However, Burroughs faced challenges with substance abuse issues, which led to a hiatus from baseball for four years, during which he reflected on how they ‘took away from my aspirations and my dreams,’ as conveyed in an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 2012.

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