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Loek van Mil passes away
07/29/2019 4:46 AM ET
 

The Adelaide Bite is saddened by the news former pitcher Loek Van Mil passed away in the Netherlands, aged just 34.

 

We offer our condolences to Loek's family, friends and teammates across the globe.

 

The Dutch pitcher spent three seasons with the Club, from 2015-2018, and was a fan favourite from day one.

 

Loek made 50 appearances before he joined Brisbane for the 2018/19 Australian Baseball League season.

 

The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) released the full statement below.

 

On Sunday evening the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) learned that Loek van Mil had passed away at age 34 due to the consequences of a fatal accident.

 

Van Mil enjoyed a long and successful baseball career in which he played for HCAW and Curaçao Neptunus. Professionally, the tall right-handed pitcher played for the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds in the US minor leagues, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan and the Adelaide Bite and Brisbane Bandits in the Australian Baseball League.

 

In 2007 van Mil debuted for Team Kingdom of the Netherlands during the Baseball World Cup. He played in 48 total international teams for the national team in tournaments such as the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic, the 2015 Premier 12 and he earned the win over Spain in the final of the 2016 final of the European Championship in the Netherlands.

 

The KNBSB is thankful for everything van Mil has meant to baseball in the Netherlands and offers sincere condolences to his family and friends.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.