Tag:Orioles
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Orioles to honor Flanagan

By Matt Snyder

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.

· 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.
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Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

By Matt Snyder

Former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan was found dead Wednesday and several outlets reported it was an apparent suicide by the 59 year old. Thursday, the Baltimore Sun is reporting Flanagan took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot. Authorities reportedly received a 911 call at 4:26 p.m. ET Wednesday to report a death. Police officers then found Flanagan's body on a trail that lead to a barn on his property. The report also indicated the wound was to Flanagan's face, so it was initally difficult for police to identify the body as Flanagan's.

"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 Wednesday night. "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."

Flanagan won the Cy Young Award in 1979 -- when he went 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA -- 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.

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."

"I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing," Cal Ripken, Jr. said in a statement. "He was a good friend and teammate and our thoughts are with Alex and his family. Mike was an Oriole through and through and he will be sorely missed by family, friends and fans. This is a sad day."

Finally, the Flanagan family has issued a statement through the Orioles' front office (via Orioles Insider):

"We thank you for your support and kind words at this difficult time. Thank you for respecting our privacy as we grieve. A private memorial will be held at a later date."

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:57 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 2:49 am
 

Former Oriole Mike Flanagan found dead

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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Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Irene could impact several series this weekend

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Reds and Marlins doubled up with two games Wednesday in an attempt to get ahead of Hurricane Irene (and away from the eyes of pesky fans, by the looks of the photo to your right from today's early game), which is on its way to the United States this weekend. While the Reds should be safely back in Cincinnati tonight, the Marlins may not be able to avoid the storm that is projected to hit much of the east coast of the country, as they head to Philadelphia for three games.

TBS has already changed its nationally televised game on Sunday from the Yankees and Orioles in Baltimore to the presumably dry Milwaukee, where the Cubs will face the Brewers.

Boston manager Terry Francona said the Red Sox and Major League Baseball are "trying to brainstorm" contingency plans and could schedule a doubleheader either Friday or Saturday in an attempt to play all three games against the A's at Fenway Park, according to the Boston Herald.

Along with the games in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston, the Mets' series against the Braves at Citi Field could be affected by the storm, which is currently expected to reach land on Saturday and could hit run up the coast through Monday.

"The weather reports are all different, so we'll see what path it takes," commissioner Bud Selig told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "But we are trying to make as many contingency plans as we can. We're trying to figure out what we could do in case we have the one really bad day of rain."

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:30 pm
 

O's Jones back in lineup after hospital trip

Adam JonesBy C. Trent Rosecrans

At one point Tuesday night, there was full-on Twitter panic about Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who left Tuesday's game with shortness of breath. At one point there was a report that the Orioles called 911 from the dugout, but in the end, it turned out the call was from the stadium, not the dugout and that was just part of stadium protocol in Minnesota.

Jones did go to a Minnesota hospital, but he was released Tuesday night and he's back in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Twins.

"Three and a half hours in the hospital and I talked to doctors for 10 minutes and then sat around most of the time," Jones told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. "I understand the concern the team would have any time players come out of the game not feeling good. I understand the medical side of it, and I am just glad everything is fine."

Jones didn't feel any problems during his first at-bat of the game in the first inning, but then "felt like I was speeding inside my body, but I was standing still," when he was in the field in the bottom part of the inning. He then felt like he was spinning as he sat in the dugout, which prompted the hospital visit.

He also joked that he wanted just one thing -- "I wanted my mom," he said. "I called my mom and said, 'Mommy, come fly to Minnesota and come take care of me.'"

That, apparently, won't be needed.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Earthquake shakes MLB

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Orioles are in Minnesota, so they only heard about today's earthquake -- but the Maryland Stadium Authority isn't taking any chances with Camden Yards, inspecting the Orioles' home after Tuesday afternoon's earthquake, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The executive director of the Maryland Stadium Authority told the paper that he and a structural engineer were checking both Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Ravens, on Tuesday. The Ravens have a preseason game against the Redskins on Thursday while the Orioles return home Friday to start a series against the Yankees.

"This is certainly a precautionary measure, but it seems appropriate given the magnitude of the earthquake," Michael Frenz told the newspaper. "There is no reason [to believe] it's not safe, but we have a lot of people coming in, so we want to make sure we're protecting public safety and the real estate asset."

The Nationals delayed Tuesday's game by 20 minutes because of the earthquake, also delaying the opening of the gates while Nationals Park was inspected. Nationals manager Davey Johnson was at the ballpark when the earthquake hit.

"I had my feet up on my desk and I was watching highlights of yesterday's games," Johnson told the Associated Press. "I looked down and my arms started shaking. I said, 'Am I having a tremor here?' And then the table next to me started shaking and I said, 'Oh, earthquake.'"

He was in better shape than the Diamondbacks. Arizona's team bus got stuck in traffic after the earthquake, delaying some players' arrival at the park for hours.

In Philadelphia, Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence tweeted about the earthquake right after it happened:

 

The earthquake could be felt in New York, but most of the A's players said they didn't feel it.

"it's like a state of panic here," Conor Jackson, a native of Southern California, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. "They're such rookies."

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:49 am
 

Twins' Revere makes catch of the year

Ben Revere

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Fans in Minnesota have seen their fair share of great plays by Twins center fielders over the years -- Torii Hunter is one of the best defensive outfielders to ever play the game and Kirby Puckett made plenty of highlight catches -- but Monday night may have seen the best catch ever by a Minnesota center fielder when Ben Revere robbed Baltimore's Vladimir Guerrero to end the seventh inning of Minnesota's 4-1 loss to the Orioles.

You can watch the play here.

Revere had to run back on a full sprint to try to track down Guerrero's shot to the deepest part of Target Field, he then lept with his back facing home plate, looking back straight over his head and caught the ball just before it hit the wall. 

"That might be one of the best catches I've ever seen considering he ran 50, 60 yards to catch the ball," manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters, including the Associated Press after the game. "And then all the way over his tead and jumping into the wall. That's probably one of the yes you're going to see."

Revere surprised even himself, having to look into his glove when he got up to make sure he caught the ball.

"I saw the way my glove ran into the wall and I bounced off," Revere told the AP. "When I saw (Michael) Cuddyer and (Jason) Kubel, their jaws just dropped. … I looked in to make sure it don't come out. I was sort of like, 'I did! It didn't come out! Wow!'"

Wow indeed.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:39 am
 

Twins won't blame fan

Joe MauerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Former Twin J.J. Hardy made the most of his second chance on Monday, giving the Orioles the lead in the fifth inning with a solo homer off of Carl Pavano. However, it looked as if Hardy would be retired when he fouled off the second pitch he saw  near the stands on the first-base side when a fan in a Joe Mauer jersey had the ball bounce off his hands as the real Mauer tried to lean over the railing to make the catch. Four pitches later, Hardy launched a fastball into the seats in left field for a 2-1 Baltimore lead.

Even though fans booed both Hardy and the fan for setting up the home run, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire refused to blame the fan. From Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune:

"The ball was in the stands," Gardenhire said. "If you're a fan, you've got two choices: reach up and catch the ball, or let it hit you in the head and hope that Mauer catches it.

"C'mon. If you're sitting there in the stands, you're going to try to catch the ball. It's the same way with [Steve] Bartman. You're going to try to catch the ball if you're a fan.

"You can't blame our fans for reaching up and catching the ball. You can boo him, like I heard, but they're going to try to catch it. Joe would have caught the ball. He had a chance to catch the ball, but that's not why we lost the game."

Hardy said he appreciated the help.

"Someone was saying he had a Hardy jersey on," Hardy joked to the Associated Press. "Any time you get a second chance, it's nice."

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