A college baseball player died of complications from surgery shortly after completing his freshman season at George Mason University in Virginia, according to the school and a funeral home.
According to the Holloway Funeral Home, the player, Sang Ho Baek, 20, died on June 12 at a TidalHealth medical facility in Salisbury, MD, which is handling his service. Scott Morgan, a partner of Mr Beck, said Mr Beck died after complications from so-called Tommy John surgery, a procedure to repair a torn ligament on the inside of the elbow.
Mr Morgan said Mr Beck, a right-handed pitcher, had “battled with injuries all season long” at George Mason, a public research university in Fairfax, Va., with about 37,000 students.
“We are devastated by Song’s passing,” said coach Bill Brown Statement. “Sang was an incredible teammate that Mason was loved by everyone involved in baseball.”
Brad Edwards, the university’s athletic director, said in the statement that Mr Beck covered “everything you could want from a student-athlete.”
“He was an excellent student, dedicated teammate, and friend to so many people,” he continued.
Officially called an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, Tommy John surgery repairs a ligament that helps secure a person’s elbow joint and that can be torn during sports that involve throwing. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine. process, informally named first major league pitcher To pass through, the players leave with a crescent-shaped mark on the inside of the elbow.
Boston University School of Public Health dean Dr. According to Sandro Gallia, the process is “relatively routine for baseball players.”
“His death is tragic,” said Dr. Gallia. “It’s hard to say what happened and an autopsy would be needed to determine the cause here. All surgeries, even relatively minor and routine surgeries, carry some risk.”
Mr Baek was born on 31 January 2001 in Seoul to Seong Han Baek and An Young Lee. according to funeral home.
According to George Mason University, he is the James M. Bennett played at High School, where he helped his team win the 2019 state championship.
Mr. Beck recently completed his freshman season with the varsity’s baseball team, the Patriots. According to the university, he appeared in seven matches for the team and made his college debut on March 12.
The funeral home said Mr Beck attended the Korean Presbyterian Church, where he was part of a youth group and played drums in its worship band. In 2018, Mr. Beck embarked on a mission trip to Nicaragua, where he helped build homes for people and taught the gospel to children.
The funeral home said that apart from his parents, he had a sister Sun Ho Beck.