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Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:57 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 2:49 am
 
Mike FlanaganBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan was found dead at his home, the team announced Wednesday, with two local outlets -- WBAL-TV and WNST.net -- reporting that the 1979 AL Cy Young Award winner took his own life.

Flanagan served in the team's front office from 2002-08 and was also a member of the team's broadcast crew. Flanagan was found dead on his property near his home in Maryland.

"It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of my friend Mike Flanagan earlier this evening," Orioles owner Peter Angelos said in a statement released by the team. "In over a quarter century with the organization, Flanny became an integral part of the Orioles family, for his accomplishments both on and off the field. His loss will be felt deeply and profoundly by all of us with the ballclub and by Orioles fans everywhere who admired him. On behalf of the club I extend my condolences to his wife, Alex; and daughters Kerry, Kathryn and Kendall."

The Baltimore Sun reported that a body had been reported on Flanagan's property on Wednesday afternoon, but a police spokeswoman did not confirm the identity of the body, but did say police had not spoken to Flanagan.

Flanagan, 59, won the Cy Young Award in 1979 and was a member of the Orioles' 1983 World Series championship team. In parts of 18 seasons, Flanagan went 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA. He also pitched for the Blue Jays from 1987-90. In 1979 he went 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA to win the award as the American League's top pitcher.

Flanagan also spent time as a member of the team's broadcast crew and in the team's front office.

"It's just shock right now," former Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey told the Baltimore Sun. "I know everybody that played with him loved him to death. He was the backbone of that pitching staff. He never quit — this guy never quit. He was there for the duration. We had so many great games and so many great times. I just can't believe it." 

Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who wears the same number Flanagan wore in Baltimore (46), tweeted after he picked up the win against the Twins on Wednesday:

 

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
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Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 6:23 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

R.I.P Mike.



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:05 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Now-a-days it seems as if it is more acceptable to challenge faith, than to have faith.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Mike was a New Hampshire boy and after graduating form HS went to UMASS and played ball there under Dick Bergquist a great HOF college coach at a wonderful school. That team also had Jeff Reardon the great relief pitcher who at that time was just pure gas.  eff has had some problems of late too but I hear is he doing well thank the lord for that. That was the early 70's I went there in 75 a year after he graduated and those guys were legendary to us kids trying to make that JV team. Nobody was suprised when Mike settled into the Orioles rotation and was one of the top lefty starters in the American League year after year. Winning a Cy Young award is no small feat. It meant he was the best, albiet for that one year. Anyone who has dominated in their back yard or was untouchable in little league or any other league therefater knows what that special feeling is. It is hard for a tremendous athlete who has reached that pinnacle to just be another guy in your town or in the booth, we all handle our past successes and failures diferently. Who knows what demons, what troubles he had to deal with. It sometimes defies our rational.  Mental illness, depression whatever it was and maybe we will never know what it really was and maybe some things are better left unknown.. but the truth is for those years that we lived we lived like we owned it all and Mike for that time certainly was on top. He will always be a hero to a generation of kids in the backyard in the 70's, to the kids in Manchester NH he was one of us. He will always have his trophys ,his awards, his stats forever. People live and people leave us but the good ones leave their mark and that mark lasts for as long as folks can recollect and for as long as folks compare the old timers to those around now and for as long as history has meaning. I guess thats why we love baseball so much we can forever compare Flanagan the pitcher to any number of others on paper in in our minds but we cannot compare Mike Flanagan to any other man in any other way as he was a true gem and will be missed so much by those who knew him those that played with him and those who dreamed that they were him ..in the back yard like me/.  



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

TJCONEY, every post you create makes you look worse than you previously looked. By all means, continue to make yourself look bad. You have a lot of irrelevant assumptions and baseless accusations to throw around at other posters, who you then insult with name-calling and ethnic invective. Everything you write says more about you than the people you are addressing. It's pretty pathetic.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

You can't think in a logical way about a person who is in a deep depression or has mental illness.  He probably HAS been thinking about his loved ones for a long time and came to the (illogical--but he was obviously despondent) conclusion that everyone would be better off without him.  How horrible to be in so much pain that you would end your life.  Don't be name calling if you haven't been there.  No everyone gets help in time.  It is a tragedy all around.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

There is no verse in the Bible that states a person's soul is hell-bound if they commit suicide. That is a myth.

Those who have asked Jesus into their lives will not go to hell even if they commit suicide. Granted, His perfect will is disrupted, He is dismayed, but He will forgive the individual.

Those who deny God and Jesus are hell-bound, whether they commit suicide or not.

Yes I know it's a sport site. But we do have freedom of religion, and sometimes it is going to be on sites like these. Those of you who feel that God is being forced on you fail to see that when you attack us and tell us to leave God out of it, it is actually YOU that is forcing what you want on us. There is no difference.


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