College baseball pitcher Sang Ho Baek dies after Tommy John surgery
A varsity baseball player died of complications from surgery shortly after completing his first season at George Mason University in Virginia, according to the school and funeral home.
The player, Sang Ho Baek, 20, died on June 12 at a TidalHealth medical facility in Salisbury, Md., According to the Holloway Funeral Home, which operates its service. Scott Morgan, a teammate of Mr Baek, said Mr Baek died from complications from so-called Tommy John surgery, a procedure to repair a torn ligament inside the elbow.
Mr Morgan said Mr Baek, a right-handed pitcher, “had battled injuries throughout the season” at George Mason, a public research university in Fairfax, Va., With about 37,000 students.
“We are devastated by Sang’s passing,” coach Bill Brown said in a statement. declaration. “Sang was an incredible teammate who was loved by everyone associated with Mason baseball.”
Brad Edwards, the university’s athletic director, said in the statement that Mr. Baek “embodies everything you would want in a student-athlete.”
“He was a great student, a dedicated teammate and a friend to so many people,” he continued.
Officially called ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, Tommy John surgery repairs a ligament that helps secure a person’s elbow joint and can tear during sports involving throwing, according to Johns Hopkins medicine. The procedure, which is unofficially named the first major league pitcher to undergo it, leaves players with a crescent-shaped scar on the inside of the elbow.
According to Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, the procedure is “relatively routine for baseball players.”
“His death is tragic,” said Dr Galea. “It’s hard to say what happened and it will take an autopsy to determine the cause here. All surgeries, even relatively minor and routine, carry risks. “
Mr. Baek was born on January 31, 2001 in Seoul to Seong Han Baek and En Young Lee, according to the funeral home.
He played at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, Md., Where he helped his team win a state championship in 2019, according to George Mason University.
Mr. Baek recently completed his first season with the college baseball team, the Patriots. He played seven games for the team and made his college debut on March 12, according to the university.
The funeral home said Mr. Baek visited the Korean Presbyterian Church, where he was involved with the youth group and played drums in his worship group. In 2018, Mr. Baek embarked on a missionary trip to Nicaragua, where he helped build homes for people and taught the gospel to children.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Sun Ho Baek, the funeral home said.