By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Loek van Mil — who is considered the tallest baseball player ever at 7’1″ — has died. He was 34.
While there is a report saying van Mil was involved in a fatal accident, no official cause of death has been announced at this time. The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association said there would not be any explanation regarding his death ‘at the request of the family.’
“The KNBSB is very grateful to Mil for what he has done in his career for Dutch baseball and wishes the surviving relatives strength to cope with this major loss,” the association said in a statement.
He signed as an undrafted prospect with the Minnesota Twins on July 7th, 2005. However, he never reached the Major League Baseball level.
While he was in the United States, he spent 10 minor league seasons with the Twins, Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Indians, and the Cincinnati Reds farm teams.
He began his career with Honkbalclub Allen Weerbaar in the Dutch baseball league before signing with the Twins. In 2014, he signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan; however, he spent much of his time with their farm team.
In March 2015, he signed with Curaçao Neptunus Rotterdam, but only lasted a few months. He signed back with the Twins in August 2015.
He returned to Curaçao Neptunus Rotterdam in 2016. He also played for Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League and signed with the Brisbane Bandits for the 2018-19 season.