Tommy John surgery is a fairly common process for pitchers to get in their elbow to rebuild their ulnar collateral ligament. Baek had recently completed his freshman season at George Mason, appearing in seven matches.
"Sang was an unbelievable teammate who was adored by everybody associated with Mason baseball. "Right nowour thoughts are with Sang's household at this difficult moment."
Scott Morgan, among his teammates, produced a GoFundMe webpage which has increased over $17,700 as of Saturday.
Baek partly grew up in Salisbury, Maryland, but had been created in Seoul. Before attending George Mason, he graduated from James M. Bennett High School at 2020, helping the college win a Maryland State Championship at 2019.
Baek was also included with the Korean Presbyterian Church youth group and worship band. He swam to the YMCA group for three decades, played the Aces and Canes traveling baseball teams and helped build homes on a Nicaragua mission trip in 2018.
"Sang embodied what you would ever want out of a student-athlete. He had been an superb student, devoted teammate and friend to so many," explained George Mason Director of Athletics Brad Edwards. "We are devoted to providing resources and support to Sang's teammates and most of people from the Mason family who adored him."
Funeral arrangements at Holloway Funeral Home are put for 4 p.m. on June 26 at Salisbury.