The Obit For Shane Buriff

Former Sickles, Saint Leo baseball star Buriff dies in crash

By Lisa A. Davis

The Suncoast News

Published: May 26, 2010

LAND O' LAKES - Just two days after his 24th birthday and hours after a family celebratory dinner at home, 24-year-old Shane George Buriff died in a motorcycle crash.

Buriff, a Lutz resident and former standout student-athlete in the Tampa Bay area, lost control of the motorcycle he was driving south on Mentmore Lane near Manassas Drive, went off the road and was thrown off the bike, hitting a guardrail before landing in a ditch, a Florida Highway Patrol report stated.

Buriff was pronounced dead at the scene by Pasco County Fire Rescue paramedics.

He was not wearing a helmet, the highway patrol said.

Buriff, who advanced to playing minor-league baseball, had played baseball in the Northside Little League in Tampa, at Sickles High School, for Polk Community College and at Saint Leo University.

"He was drafted out of high school by the Milwaukee Brewers organization but chose to go to college instead," his father, Brent, said Monday.

Buriff was a star left-handed pitcher for Saint Leo, where, as a senior in 2008, he had a record of 3-0 for the Lions. He signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox and played for the Bristol (Tenn.) White Sox before being released after a little more than a year with the team.

"Every little kid dreams about being a major-league baseball player, and only a handful get a chance," his father said.

Recently, Buriff was a dispatcher for Florida Rock & Tank Lines, a bulk tank carrier of petroleum and other liquid and dry bulk commodities

"He wanted to be a high school baseball coach," Brent Buriff said.

In addition to his father, Buriff leaves his mother, Deborah; a brother, Jeff; and two sisters, Tricia and Michelle.