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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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Comments

Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Another compassionate atheist.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

There are some sad folks in this world,don't fret though,karma's a B.



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

I was referring to that "religous" individual who in his family's darkest hour could not show even an ounce of compassion



Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

some of these comments you people are making are just ridiculous, Would you be saying this if it was a MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY!!
 I think not... HAVE SOME COMPASSION for his family, friends and the Orioles..
RIP Mike Flanagan




Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Maddog must have voted for Obama.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Funny thing about this going to hell, god tells me that only you cruel, hateful, narrow minded, JUDGEMENTAL people are going to hell.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:53 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Depression IS real. However don't have the woe is me mentality and kill yourself. Just because you have depression doesn't mean you are retarded. GO GET HELP!!!

If "God" exists, then do you have pictures of him? Phone number? Email? How come I can't see "heaven" when I am in a plane?

 

Science. Now there's some proof of creation.

 

So quit saying "God" will save you and forgive. Dude off'd himself because he was weak and didn't have the courage to get help.




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:39 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Scott Ericson did not pitch for the O's in 79.  Before his time.  You are thinking of Scott McGregor who is a minor league pitching coach for the O's still.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:23 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

We bring suffering onto ourselves. God does not inflict it.
Read the Book of Job. Then maybe you will have a slight understanding of what suffering really is. But I doubt it. 



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:19 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

>>>God is the one who bails us out, not Mommy and Daddy. 

No, it's the government that bails you out. If you sit around waiting for God to answer your prayers about anything, you're going to have a long wait.



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