RIP Mike Flanagan: Former MLB Pitcher with Orioles and Jays Passes Away
Wednesday August 24, 2011
MLB reports: We are sad to report that Mike Flanagan, ex-MLB pitcher was found dead in Baltimore County today. Flanagan was 59 years of age. While the news is still trickling in, it is currently being reported that Flanagan’s body was found on a trail near his home. The body has just been recently identified as being that of Mike Flanagan. After some distresses relating to finances, Flanagan apparently took his own life. A very spirited baseball man, Flanagan was a beloved figure in the sport and his death has sent shock waves through the baseball community. Mike Flanagan devoted his life to baseball and we are all very saddened by the new of his passing.
Mike Flanagan was originally a 7th round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 1973. Flanagan spent 18 productive seasons in baseball, with 15 coming in Baltimore. In addition to pitching for the Orioles, Flanagan spent part of 4 years with the Blue Jays. Although he pitched only a short time in Toronto, Flanagan’s name is still tossed around as one of the all-time favorite Jays pitchers. Such is the effect this man had on pitching. But Flanagan will forever be linked with the Baltimore Orioles, the club that he came up with and ultimately retired from. Here is a look at the career numbers of Mike Flanagan:
|162 Game Avg.||12||10||3.90||203||65||109||1.334|
|BAL (15 yrs)||141||116||3.89||2317.2||740||1297||1.323|
|TOR (4 yrs)||26||27||3.94||452.1||150||194||1.393|
Flanagan made his major league debut in 1975. He started to come into his own in 1978, with a 19 win season and 4.03 ERA, to go along with his only all-star game appearance. The real breakthrough came in 1979, when Flanagan won 23 games, with a 3.08 ERA and a whopping 190 strikeouts. Flanagan that year won the AL Cy Young award, in addition to finishing 6th in the AL MVP voting. Flanagan played in the World Series in 1979 with the Orioles, losing to the Pirates. The Orioles and Flanagan were back though in 1983, beating the Phillies to win the World Series. In 1987, Mike Flanagan was traded to the Jays for hurlers Oswaldo Pereza and Jose Mesa. Flanagan played in the ALCS with the Jays in 1989, his final MLB playoff appearance. In 1991, Flanagan re-signed with the Orioles as a free agent and he continued with the Orioles until retiring in 1992. Mike Flanagan and the Baltimore Orioles will forever be linked in baseball history. Flanagan spent the majority of his career in Baltimore, the sight of his greatest baseball triumphs.
Following his retirement from the game, Flanagan continued in Baltimore in many capacities. In addition to serving in the broadcast booth, Flanagan served as the Orioles pitching coach, as well as Vice-President/Co-GM (unofficially with Jim Duquette). The man gave his heart and soul to the city of Baltimore and was a beloved sports figure in the eyes of the Orioles fans. It is a tragedy when the MLB family loses one of its members and today we have lost a great one in Mike Flanagan. We will remember Mike for his time in the game, as a player, broadcaster, coach and executive. I had the pleasure of watching Mike pitch on many occasions. He was a gamer. Flanagan always gave it his all and was a steady presence on every pitching staff that he played with. We thank Mike Flanagan for the memories and remember him fondly on this very sad day.
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