The Baltimore Orioles received awful news late Wednesday night amid word that former pitcher Mike Flanagan had been found dead. Local affiliate WBAL is reporting that Flanagan was so despondent over the poor performance of the organization in recent years that it drove him to suicide.
Flanagan, the 1979 American League Cy Young Award winner, was a pivotal part of the Orioles’ 1983 World Series team, going 12-4 that season. After his career ended in 1992, Flanagan stayed in baseball as an executive. In the 2000s, he found his way back to Baltimore, holding the top baseball executive position in the organization.