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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: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:09 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Sad to read that he felt the fans associated him with the failure of the team for so long. Really, his era was the last time that they were good. Mid 90's run decent but not as good as his time frame.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Sad.  Very sad.  However, never quit?  How dare you do that to your wife and daughters.



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Wow my condolences go out to the Flanagan family! RIP!



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

What a loss my condolences to his familyFrown



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

The minute the last out was recorded, Gary Thorn was very fast to get of the air. I mean, they went to O's extra in like less than 30 seconds and you could tell inGary's voice that something was wrong.

I remember the 1979 season well. It seemed like every time Flanny took the mound, Eddie Murray hit a homer. The team used to score 5-9 runs for him every start. Poor Scott Ericson was probably the better pitcher that year, but the O's never scored for him. It was like, Here's a run Scotty, now go shut em out.

Flanny was a very nice man. He signed autographs before every game for the O's. He was a terrible GM and I got so sick of him in the booth as he just said the same damn thing over and over. 'Hitting is timing and pitching is the disruption of that timing". But, he was a fine man and I sure hope that this was natural causes as I would hate to think he had so many demons that he killed himself.

RIP Flanny



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Horrible News! I must say he looked a little "out of sorts" the other night during the broadcast of the game. RIP Flanny



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Hunter and Amber weren't a whole lot better. Hunter had to only ask 2 questions because he broke down during the second one.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

It is my understanding that they were asked not to comment until the Orioles were positive that all of his family members had been notified. On masnsports.com, Roch put that in his blog. Probably held the same for TV.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

Yes, he was a star basketball player at Manchester Memorial High School in NH.  A very excitiing player.  Such sad news.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

@commishlong....What do you mean by that comment?


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