Sang Ho Baek, a college pitcher at George Mason University, died after complications due to ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, otherwise known as Tommy John surgery. It is according to GoFundMe page created for Baek by one of his teammates.
“After struggling with injuries throughout the season, Sang asked for Tommy John surgery,” the page said. “Suddenly he died due to complications with his surgery. As a team, we are all in mourning for his death.”
Baek’s father, Seong Han Baek, said his son went for surgery quite common for baseball pitchers on June 8th. Baek died on Saturday, June 12th.
“Our family is devastated and we want answers as to why our whole son would die so suddenly after a routine surgery,” Seong Han Baek he said.
“We are devastated by Sang’s past,” George Mason said baseball head coach, Bill Brown, said in a statement a day after Baek’s death. “Sang was an incredible teammate who was loved by all those associated with Mason baseball. He will be missed and cherished forever in our hearts. At this time, our thoughts are with Sang’s family at this unbearably difficult time.” .
“Sang has embodied everything you want from a student-athlete,” added George Mason Assistant Vice President / Director of Athletics Brad Edwards. “He was an excellent student, a dedicated teammate and a friend to many. We are committed to providing support and resources to Sang’s teammates and all those of the Mason family who have loved him. ”
This season, the first year he appeared in seven games for the George Mason Patriots. He made his college debut on March 12 against UMBC. Prior to his tragic short college career, Beak helped James M. Bennett High School baseball team win the 2019 3A Maryland State Championship.
Sang Ho Baek was only 20 years old.