Former Minnesota Twins prospect Loek van Mil, who at 7-foot-1 was the tallest pitcher in professional baseball historical past, died Sunday night from accidents sustained in a deadly accident. He was 34.
The Brisbane Bandits, van Mil’s final professional staff, introduced his loss of life Monday morning. Van Mil was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in seven video games for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League final yr.
He retired after sustaining severe head accidents whereas climbing final December.
“Our love & condolences go out to all members of his family, his friends & the baseball community,” the staff tweeted.
Vale Loek Van Mil. The Brisbane Bandits are in mourning tonight after learning of the death of Bandits pitcher Loek Van Mil in a fatal accident in Europe in the last 24 hours. Our love & condolences go out to all members of his family, his friends & the baseball community pic.twitter.com/nLAlUPJxoX
— Couran Cove Brisbane Bandits (@BrisbaneBandits) July 29, 2019
Van Mil signed a seven-year contract with the Minnesota Twins as a 20-year-old in 2005. He was with the Twins via 2010 earlier than he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels.
Van Mil additionally performed for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds earlier than he signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball in early 2014. Van Mil was 12-27 with a 3.48 ERA in 241 Minor League video games from 2006 to 2013.
Van Mil represented the Netherlands in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He participated in what’s believed to be the tallest batter-pitcher matchup in baseball historical past when he walked 6-foot-8 Nate Freiman of Team Israel.