The Baltimore Orioles have announced plans to honor former pitcher Mike Flanagan, starting with Friday night's game against the Yankees. Flanagan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound earlier this week.
Flanagan played for parts of 15 seasons with the Orioles, during which time he was 141-116 with a 3.89 ERA. He won the 1979 AL Cy Young award and played in two World Series for the Orioles, including the 1983 World Champions. He also served the organization as an executive, broadcaster and coach.
From the official Orioles' press release, here's what the organization is going to do to honor Flanagan.
· Beginning with tonight’s game against the New York Yankees, Orioles uniformed personnel will wear a black circular patch with “FLANNY” written in white on their right jersey sleeves for the remainder of the 2011 season.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
· A black banner with the number “46” in orange has been installed just above the press box and below the booth where Flanagan sat as a member of the MASN broadcast team.
· Prior to tonight’s game, the club will have a moment of silence in Flanagan’s memory, and his uniform number 46 will be posted on the out-of-town scoreboard in right field from the time the gates open through the conclusion of the game.
· A video tribute will be played on the Oriole Park video board at the completion of the first inning of the game.
· The Orioles flag on the right field flag court at Camden Yards will be flown at half staff for each of the remaining home games this season.
· The Orioles have set up a virtual guestbook at www.oriolesguestbook.mlblogs.com or at www.orioles.com/flanny and invite fans to share their condolences and memories of Flanagan.