October 18, 2010
Kaiser dies from cardiac arrest
Kaiser, a junior utility player at Bradley, died early Monday
from an undiagnosed heart condition.
According to the Peoria Journal Star, an
emergency call was made shortly after 2 a.m. and Kaiser was
pronounced dead less than an hour later in the emergency room at
Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. Kaiser, 21, suffered
from hypertrophic cardio myopathy, a thickening of the walls of
the heart. He also had an 85 percent blockage of the artery that
supplies blood to the front portion of the heart.
Kaiser played in 39 games in two seasons with the
Braves, primarily as a pitcher, first baseman and designated
hitter. He was 1-0 in 12 relief appearances and batted .283 in
60 career at-bats with two doubles. Kaiser was a communications
major focusing on advertising.
A native of Berwyn, Ill., Kaiser was a two-time
all-conference selection at Nazareth Academy. He was all-state
as a junior in 2007 and helped the Roadrunners win a regional
title as a senior in 2008.
Kaiser is the third Division I baseball player to
pass away this fall. Mitch Caster of Wichita State and Thomas
McGurk of Murray State were both killed in automobile accidents.
(photo courtesy of Bradley Media