Former MLB player, 43, dies suddenly while coaching his son’s little league game

May 11, 2024 | Political News

A former MLB infielder player who was a first-round pick with the Padres and an Olympic gold medalist has passed away from cardiac arrest while he was coaching his son's baseball team.  

Sean Burroughs, 43, unexpectedly passed away from a reported cardiac injury while he was coaching his young son's game in California, per a statement from Long Beach Little League. 

“It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this message to inform you that yesterday afternoon one of our Coaches, Sean Burroughs, tragically passed away,” the statement read. “Sean was a legend in LBLL and the baseball community for winning back-to-back Little League World Series Championships for LBLL in 1992 and 1993.” 


“While he left LB to play for several clubs in the MLB, he returned to his home fields at Stearns Champion Park to coach his son,” the statement added. “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 rose to prominence as a star pitcher for the 1992 and 1993 Long Beach Little League World Series champions, according to The 562. He was also the first American-born pitcher to ever throw back-to-back no-hitters during the Little League World Series. During four years at the Long Beach Little League, he did not lose a game when he was pitcher.   

The unexpected death of the former ball player and coach comes as other reports of younger athletes, coaches, healthy individuals have died because of heart attacks and other cardiac injuries.