Former Atlanta MLB player dead after collapsing at Little League baseball park – WSB-TV Channel 2

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A former Major League Baseball player who was born in Atlanta “tragically passed away” earlier this week. He was 43.

Sean Burroughs played several seasons in the MLB with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins. He also won an Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia.

Online records from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner show Burroughs died Thursday and the cause of death has not been released.

The Long Beach Fire Department responded to Stearns Champions Park shortly after 5 p.m. to a report that a person had suffered complete cardiac arrest in the parking lot. “We tried all of our life-saving measures, but we were unsuccessful,” public information officer Brian Fisk said Friday, adding that the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Long Beach Little League President Doug Wittman announced Burroughs’ death on social media Friday.

“It is with a heavy heart that I write this message to inform you that one of our coaches, Sean Burroughs, tragically passed away yesterday afternoon,” the post reads. “To say this is a great loss is an understatement.”

His father, Jeff Burroughs, played for the Atlanta Braves from 1977 to 1980. Sean Burroughs was born in Atlanta while his father played for the Braves.


Sean Burroughs committed to play baseball at the University of Southern California, but the San Diego Padres selected him with the ninth pick in the first round of the 1998 MLB Draft and he signed with them instead.

He was a career .278 hitter with 12 home runs and 143 RBIs with the Padres, Tampa Bay, Arizona and Minnesota.

He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2002 All-Star Futures Game.

Burroughs broke into the majors as a third baseman with the Padres in April 2002. In the first game played at Petco Park in San Diego that year, he hit a game-winning single.

After the 2005 season, the Padres traded Burroughs to Tampa Bay, but he saw limited playing time before being sent to the minors and designated for assignment.

In December 2006, Burroughs signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners, but was released less than halfway through the season.

Burroughs was out of baseball for four years while he struggled with drug problems that “interfered with my ambitions and dreams,” he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 2012.

In November 2010, Burroughs signed a minor league contract with Arizona. The following spring, he joined the Diamondbacks and batted .261, but was sent straight to the minors. After third baseman Melvin Mora was released, Burroughs was promoted back to Arizona in July and returned to the starting lineup.

Burroughs became a free agent in the fall and signed a minor league contract with Minnesota in December. He made it to the big leagues in spring training but was released in May.

From 2013 to 2017, he played for several independent minor league teams.

He appeared as an extra in the television shows “Knots Landing” and “Saved by the Bell” and in the film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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