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World’s tallest baseball player fights for life with brain injuries after fracturing skull on a hike

World’s TALLEST baseball player who measures 2.16 metres is fighting for his life after falling over bushwalking in Canberra and spending 24 hours alone with a fractured skull before being found by hikers

  • Brisbane pitcher Loek van Mil fell and fractured his skull while on a hike 
  • The Dutch baseball star is playing in Australia and was in Canberra for a game
  • He lay undiscovered for 24 hours before a hiker found him on the rocks  

A Dutch baseball star playing in Australia is in hospital in a critical condition after suffering serious head injuries during a hike in Canberra at the weekend. 

Brisbane Bandits pitcher Loek van Mil, 34, was in the nation’s capital for a four-game series in the Australian Baseball League when he decided to take a hike in the surrounding area.

He was found by a hiker on Saturday night with a fractured his skull and bleeding on his brain after falling on to rocks, The Courier-Mail reported. 

Brisbane Bandits pitcher and tallest baseball player in the world Loek van Mil, 34, (pictured) is in hospital in a critical condition after suffering serious head injuries during a hike in Canberra at the weekend

He had been laying alone for 24 hours until he was found.  

Family are travelling from the Netherlands to Australia to be by his side as he recovers in hospital where he is in a critical but stable condition. 

Brisbane Bandits principal owner Mark Ready released a statement on behalf of the team.

‘Loek is a highly respected baseball player across the ABL here in Australia, his home country of The Netherlands and many other parts of the world where he has played baseball,’ the statement read.

Loek van Mil (pictured right) was in Canberra for a four-game series when he went hiking in the surrounding area before falling onto rocks and fracturing his skull, he wasn't found for 24 hours

Loek van Mil (pictured right) was in Canberra for a four-game series when he went hiking in the surrounding area before falling onto rocks and fracturing his skull, he wasn’t found for 24 hours

‘Our best wishes and prayers are with Loek and his family and friends at this very difficult time.’

‘Baseball Australia and the Brisbane Bandits will provide updates on Loek’s condition in consultation with his family when appropriate and we ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this time.’

Loek has played for the Netherlands national team as well as three Major League teams in America, Twins, Angels and Reds, before moving to Australia to pitch for Adelaide in 2016. 

He joined the Brisbane Bandits as one of their pitchers for the 2018/19 season. 

Family are making the trip from the Netherlands to be by Loek's (pictured playing for Netherlands) side as he recovers from his skull fracture 

Family are making the trip from the Netherlands to be by Loek’s (pictured playing for Netherlands) side as he recovers from his skull fracture 

 

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