Report: Tragedy Befalls Oriole Nation with Passing of Mike Flanagan

Patrick DuffyContributor IAugust 25, 2011

8 May 1991:  Pitcher Mike Flanagan of the Baltimore Orioles prepares to throw the ball during a game against the Oakland Athletics. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule  /Allsport
8 May 1991: Pitcher Mike Flanagan of the Baltimore Orioles prepares to throw the ball during a game against the Oakland Athletics. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport

Baltimore County police found former Baltimore Oriole Mike Flanagan dead Wednesday on his property in Monkton, Md. shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Responding to a 9-1-1 emergency call for a “person of suspicious condition,” police found Flanagan’s body on a trail that runs alongside his Maryland home.

Though authorities refused comment until after the investigation, Comcast Sports Net D.C. reported Wednesday that police have not ruled out suicide. Police continued investigating through Wednesday night and blocked off the driveway to the home.

Flanagan, 59, played 18 years in Major League Baseball, mostly with the Orioles.

A seventh-round draft selection in 1973, Flanagan enjoyed his best season in 1979, going 23-9 and winning the American League Cy Young Award.

Known as a crafty left-hander, Flanagan often times baffled hitters with his change up, heavy sinker and devastating slow curve.

He helped lead the Orioles to their last World Series victory in 1983, but in 1987, as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, gave up the infamous Jose Canseco third-deck home run shot.

More recently, the two-sport athlete in baseball and basketball at Massachusetts-Amherst had worked as a broadcaster for the Mid Atlantic Sports Network since 2010. It was his third appointment calling games as an Orioles analyst after two other jobs with Comcast Sports Net from ’96 to ’97 and again in ’99 to ’02.

Other than broadcasting, Flanagan held positions with the Orioles as Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Orioles from 2002 to 2008 plus two different stints as pitching coach.

He won 167 games in his career playing for the Orioles and Blue Jays.

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