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Former Padres First Round Pick Sean Burroughs Dies At 43

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Sean Burroughs, who was a first round draft selection for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball in 2002, has tragically died. Burroughs played for the Padres from 2002 to 2005. He then played for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006.

Sean Burroughs was the son of former MLB legend 1974 AL MVP Jeff Burroughs.

No official cause of death for the former Padres first round pick has been announced. He was just 43 years old.

The Padres released the following statement on their X account following the announcement of Burroughs’ death,

“We mourn the passing of former Padres third baseman Sean Burroughs. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.”

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In addition to the Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres, Burroughs also played for the Seattle Mariners, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Minnesota Twins, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He would play for his last MLB team in 2013.

Burroughs was part of Team USA’s gold medal-winning squad in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was a champion.

USA Baseball executive director/CEO Paul Seiler said in a statement about Burroughs’ death,

“We at USA Baseball are heartbroken to hear of the tragic passing of Sean. Sean was a part of one of our most beloved teams, and he represented our country on and off the field in a first-class manner. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burroughs family during this time.”

During his career, Burroughs made 528 MLB appearances, hitting .278/.335/.355 with 12 home runs and 143 RBIs. His mark on baseball reached many clubs and fanbases.

NBC San Diego reports on his death,

“The San Diego Padres selected Burroughs out of Woodrow Wilson High School (Long Beach, Calif.) with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 MLB Draft. The third baseman first reached the bigs in 2002, when he hit a walk-off single in the first regular-season game ever played at San Diego’s Petco Park. Burroughs would spend four seasons with the Padres, hitting .282/.340/.360 over 432 games.”

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Rest in peace, Sean Burroughs.

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