UPDATE #2: Statement from Cal Ripken, Jr.
UPDATE: Statement by Peter Angelos added
Mike Flanagan, the former Cy Young winner for the Baltimore Orioles who went on to the broadcast booth and eventually the front office of the organization, was found dead on his property in northern Baltimore County. Cause of death is not yet known and police continue to investigate what is being called a suspicious death. Flanagan was 59.
“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of my friend Mike Flanagan earlier this evening," said Orioles Managing Partner Peter Angelos in a statement. "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.”
"I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing," Cal Ripken, Jr. said in a statement late Weds. "He was a good friend and teammate, and our thoughts are with [his wife] 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."
Flanagan was part of the 1983 World Series Orioles and won the AL Cy Young in 1979. That year he led the league in wins with 23 and shutouts (5). The year prior, he led the league is starts (40) and was elected to the All-Star Team. He was inducted to the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1994.
Over 18 seasons with the Orioles and Blue Jays, Flanagan amassed a 167-143 (.539) record. All but 26 of those wins that occurred over four seasons in Toronto came with the Orioles.
He was a pitching coach before becoming the VP of Baseball Operations in December of 2002 and worked closely with Jim Duquette, the club’s former General Manager.
In March of 2010, Flanagan joined Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). He had two stints prior in broadcasting in 1996-1997 and from 1999-2002 when he provided game analysis for the Orioles television network.
More news as it becomes available.
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