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Sean Murphy Dead: Oakland A’s Minor League Pitcher Dies at Age 27

Oakland Athletics minor league pitcher Sean Murphy unexpectedly died at age 27, the team announced on Tuesday, April 26.

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“The A’s are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Sean Murphy,” vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said in a statement released on the A’s official Twitter account. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” The baseball club did not provide any further details.

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Murphy played six seasons on the A’s minor league farm teams. He was Oakland’s 33rd-round pick out of Pennsylvania’s Keystone College in the 2010 draft. He reached the Triple-A level for the first time in 2014, but due to a "Tommy John” elbow surgery, Murphy missed all of the 2015 season.

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In February, the pitcher was suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games after testing positive for a “drug of abuse,” according to the official MILB website. 

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