SEA Games baseball gold medalist Jerome Yenson dies at 24

Delfin Dioquino
SEA Games baseball gold medalist Jerome Yenson dies at 24

CHAMPION. Jerome Yenson and Adamson ruled the UAAP Season 80 baseball tournament.

Adamson University Alumni Sports Executive Group Facebook page

Baseball player Jerome Yenson won a UAAP championship with Adamson and a Southeast Asian Games gold medal with the Philippine team

Philippine baseball team member Jerome Yenson, who helped the country win gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, died on Friday, September 24.

He was 24.

Friends, family, and colleagues took to social media to mourn for Yenson, whose cause of death has not been disclosed.

Yenson is survived by his wife Princess and son Javier.

Wala ng mas sasakit pa dito, asawa ko. Wala akong ibang hiniling ngayon kung ‘di gisingin ako sa pagkakatulog ko dahil panaginip lang lahat ng ‘to,” Princess wrote on Facebook.

(Nothing hurts more than this, my husband. I wish nothing but to be woken up from my sleep because this is just a dream.)

Bakit naman ganito, asawa ko? Please tulungan mo kami ni Javier na makayanan ‘to. Gabayan mo [ang] anak natin sa paglaki niya, asawa ko.

(Why did this happen, my husband? Please help me and Javier overcome this. Guide our son as he grows up, my husband.)

Prior to his national team stint, the Talavera, Nueva Ecija native played a pivotal role as he keyed Adamson University to the UAAP Season 80 championship in 2018.

Yenson, who captured the Finals MVP honors, led Adamson to an upset sweep of top seed La Salle in the best-of-three finale.

His performance in the UAAP earned him a slot in the national team, and in the following year, Yenson and the Philippine crew ruled the SEA Games baseball tournament at home soil.

The Philippines swept its way to the gold medal, dealing Thailand a 15-2 beating in the final. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.