Former MLB Pitcher Will Brunson Has Died

Will Brunson
19 Mar 1999: Pitcher Will Brunson #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitching the ball during the Spring Training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport

Former MLB Pitcher Will Brunson Has Died

Former MLB pitcher Will Brunson died this past Saturday. He suffered a heart attack as he was hiking at Big Bend National Park in Texas with friends.

Brunson’s Career

Brunson was originally a 29th round pick by the New York Mets in the 1990 draft. He did not sign with the Mets and was drafted two years later in the 21st round by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 draft. He did sign with the Reds but he never reached the major leagues with the team and was traded after the 1994 season to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Brunson made his major league debut during the 1998 season with the Dodgers. He was waived on September 6th and claimed by the Detroit Tigers. After finishing the season with the Tigers he played the entire 1999 season with the Tigers organization. After the season he was granted free agency and signed with the Oakland Athletics.

He also played one season in triple-A with the Athletics organization in 2000. In 2001 he also played in triple-A as part of the then Anaheim Angels organization.

Brunson who is a left-handed pitcher only appeared in 27 Major League games. He had a 1-1 record with a 5.71 ERA and a 1.846 WHIP in 17 innings pitched.

More About Brunson

He attended and played baseball at Southwest Texas State which is where he met his wife Dana.  He has also had jobs as a car salesman and also as a salesman in the oil industry. Since 2016 Brunson has been a scout with the Philadelphia Phillies in the South Texas area.

An official at Big Bend National Park released a statement on Monday confirming that Brunson showed the same symptoms as a heart attack. “Park Rangers and paramedics from Terlingua Fire & EMS immediately began CPR and administered shocks using an AED, but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful,” officials said.

Brunson, 49 was survived by his wife Dana and their two children Travis and Ella.

1 COMMENT

  1. Thank you so much for providing this announcement. For those of us who were so lucking to know and work with this fine man, it provide some closure. So many times wonderful people who have made day to day impacts pass without any acknowledgment. Will was a special person who had impeccable ethics and anything he did he sought perfection. He will be greatly missed not only by his relatives but those in the business community he touched!

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