A grieving family is seeking answers over the death of a college baseball player from
Routine surgery turns tragic: George Mason University Patriots pitcher Sang Ho Baek, 20, died due to complications from a “Tommy John” surgery (ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction) on June 12 at a TidalHealth medical facility in Salisbury, Md., The New York Times reported.
- The procedure, which repairs a torn ligament inside the elbow, is considered “relatively routine for baseball players,” according to the dean of Boston University’s School of Public Health, Sandro Galea.
- Baek underwent surgery on June 8 but reportedly suffered a blood clot while in recovery days later, TMZ reported.
- “Our family is devastated and we want answers to why our healthy son would die so suddenly after routine surgery,” Baek’s father, Seong Han, said.
Gone too soon: Baek, who made his college debut on March 12, had recently completed his freshman season with the Patriots.
- The pitcher appeared in seven games for the Patriots, according to the team’s website.
- Senior outfielder Scott Morgan said that Baek needed surgery because he “had been battling injuries throughout the season.”
- The team’s head coach, Bill Brown, said that Baek was “an incredible teammate who was loved by everyone associated with Mason baseball.”
- “He will be missed and forever cherished in our hearts. Right now, our thoughts are with Sang’s family at this unbearably difficult time,” Brown continued.
Morgan has set up a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to support Baek’s family. As of this writing, the campaign has raised over $26,000 of its $44,000 goal.