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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 -- 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: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:16 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

>>>But regardless, suicide is a selfish act with or without religion.

You have a big misconception about suicide. Doubtless you are thinking of the cliche of the young boy and girl, separated by unfeeling parents, eho kill eachother rather than face living apart for 4 years or however long it is until they become adults and can do what they want with or without their parent's approval.

But that's only a minor facet. Look it up. Most people commit suicide because of undiagnosed or untreated clinical depression. Depression that is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, depression that is sent by God (because remember, nothing happes that God does not make happen, eh?)

So God visits clinical depression on thsee folks, such that they fel like they can't live anymore. Then when they end their suffering - which God wrought on them, he's like, "Oh, you committed suicide, off to a sizzling hot hell for you."

Your God is a psycho, and anyone who could worship such a psycho and *still* call him a just and loving God, that just boggles the imagination.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:14 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

 Can't argue intellectually, I see, so you call names and get racial.  Did your mom marry her brother and create you?

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:09 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Sorry but's love others ahead of yourself and treat others as you want to be treated. And for the record, people who believe in God have fallen on harder times than you believe. God is the one who bails us out, not Mommy and Daddy. 

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:06 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

This is a tragedy.  So many morons making stupid comments on this board about suicide being a sin, going to hell, religious beliefs, God.  People are so ignorant until it is them with the problem.  Believe me, those of you making these absurd comments will know exactly what Flanagan felt like.  None of you are completely normal so don't spend time thinking about how cool you are and voicing your twisted absurd opinions.  Of course, many of you already have Mommy and Daddy there to bail you out of any situation so you don't know what it feels like to fall on hard times.  Hard times to some of you spoiled brats is getting a scatch on the Bentley Mommy and Daddy bought for you.  If you want some good advice which you wouldn't recognize if it fell on you, learn from a tragedy like this to love your neighbors, friends, and everyone around you the way you love yourself.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:56 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Salsero Boricua,

However you pronounce that mess, congratulatons, you a complete moron.  Go back to Spickville!

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:55 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

For all of those out there saying there isn't a God and telling people to leave religion out of this...NO! Our rights allow us to talk about God just like it allows you to denounce Him. 
Suicide is a religious issue to those who are religious. But regardless, suicide is a selfish act with or without religion. Forgiveness and judgement comes from God alone. I will pray for his soul. 
It has not been confirmed if this great pitcher did comment suicide. So until we know for sure, pray for his family if you choose to and be careful not to speculate.  

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:43 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

>>>Suicide is selfish. No way around that fact.

Just what's selfish about it? A person is in such misery they can't bear to live any longer, yet you think they should keep on living so that their family that ignores them won't feel guilty about them dying? (Just one example).

This was a brief article - who knows what Flanagan's state of health was. Maybe he suffered from clinical depression, maybe he too was diagnosed with Alzheimers and couldn't bear to live another 30 years wearing a diaper and having to be fed like a baby.

Bottom line no one has the right to tell anyone else just how much suffering or pain they should have to keep living with. This wasn't some 15 year old kid suffering unrequited love, this was a grown man.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:40 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Religious people DO NOT always just remindus of how their Gods are unforgiving. Look at the great examples of the countless number of priests who have been forgiven after discrepancies with young boys. As well, look at how forgiving these Gods can be with serial muderers who 'find the Lord' in prison- they get to go to Heaven too!

You have to remember, religious people are better than 'just regular' people and are banking on an "I told you so" moment to justify their beliefs. We are all the same in the end- it's what you do while you're here that counts. Flanagan was a decent guy from what I knew of him. This is a sad story, not one for citing gospel and uttering "Tsk Tsk!"     

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:32 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Despair is such a Powerful emotion. Noone should judge. There is hope though, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. RIP Jim Flanagan.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:27 am

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

I am not religious, but I get sick of hearing how it's so shameful to take your own life. Depression is a SICKNESS People! You don't choose to be sick, it happens.

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