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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: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:54 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

OH Mike I cannot attempt to understand the motivation that led you to do this. Did you try to confide to anyone what was in your mind ? Probably not you being such a proud seemingly strong person.
I'm certainly not a religous person but I do know ther are people who could have given you the encouragement to drive your mental demons away. Certainly your loving family was reason enough to go on.
As much as I love sports and  envy of the participants that have the ability to perform them at the highest level I know that winning and losing is not the overwhelming purpose that transcends a good life.

Bless your family and friends that have lost an irriplacable component of their lives.




Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:52 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

 you are a heartless ass.



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:50 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Firstly, Flanagan is not going to be able to read this.

Secondly, Flanagan was not stressed or disappointed over a personal failure to turn the Orioles around. He was a broadcaster. He did not sign, trade, promote or demote anybody.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:49 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Another selfish act by a selfish human being. That's what suicide is. No if and or buts about it. Selfish. NOTHING is worth taking your own life. He didn't think of his family or friends or people that admired him. What a waste. Seek help, that's what professional help is for.



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Posted on: August 25, 2011 6:54 am
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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:07 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

R.I.P. Flanny.



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:02 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Dempsey says he never Quit?  What?  If he took he's own life, He Quit!!  SOOOOO Selfish if you have a wife and kids (3 daughters), which he did....Sad



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:10 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Oh Mike, I wish you hadn't done this man ! Who cares what anybody thought of how you're running the team ? It isn't worth taking your life !!

My prayers and condolences for the good Lord's healing and peace go out to his family. He was a great pitcher and a very fine man.

This is sad beyond description. I mean man, this hurts.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:59 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

who is Alex?
thanks
His wife


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