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Orioles Great Mike Flanagan Found Dead Near Monkton Home
The Patch ^ | Tyler Waldman and Sean Welsh

Posted on 08/24/2011 6:52:37 PM PDT by Alistair Stratford IV

Orioles Great Mike Flanagan Found Dead Near Monkton Home

The Cy Young winner is dead at 59.

By Tyler Waldman and Sean Welsh

Orioles great Mike Flanagan was found dead Wednesday afternoon outside his home in northern Baltimore County, according to Orioles officials and news reports.

WBAL-TV reports that police found a body shortly before 4:30 p.m. outside Flanagan's Monkton home in the 15000 block of York Road.

The Baltimore Sun reports that police remained outside Flanagan's home Wednesday night, and a police car blocked the driveway.

Flanagan was a member of the 1983 World Series championship team, and in recent years served as a front office executive and television broadcaster for MASN.

He appeared in 526 games in 18 seasons, going 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA. He won 23 games for the Orioles in 1979, winning the American League Cy Young Award, voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as the best pitcher in the league.

Flanagan was named vice president for baseball operations on Dec. 4, 2002, working alongside Jim Beattie. He was promoted to executive vice president of baseball on Oct. 11, 2005, working closely with vice president Jim Duquette. With both partners, the job was a rare role that was viewed around baseball as a dual-general manager tandem.

He was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1994—his first year of eligibility.

He was drafted in 1973, and debuted in 1975. After spending three-plus years in Toronto, he returned to Baltimore as a free agent in 1991, appearing in 63 gams as a reliever—including Oct. 6, 1991, when he entered with one out and struck out two Tigers hitters before 50,700 fans in the final game at Memorial Stadium. He retired in 1992.

He was the Orioles pitching coach in 1995 before spending two years as a television analyst. He went back to the field in 1998, again as pitching coach, before spending four more years in the broadcast booth preceding his move to the front office.

Flanagan was born in Manchester, NH on Dec. 16, 1951. He pitched for the University of Massachusetts.

His grandfather, Ed Sr., and father, Ed Jr., played in the Red Sox organization.

Flanagan lived in Sparks with his wife, Alex, and three daughters—Kerry, Kathryn and Kendall.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: baltimore; baseball; maryland; orioles
Very Sad. A great pitcher.
1 posted on 08/24/2011 6:52:43 PM PDT by Alistair Stratford IV
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To: Alistair Stratford IV

Too young to die.


2 posted on 08/24/2011 6:55:05 PM PDT by Route797
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To: Alistair Stratford IV

RIP Orioles Great, Mike Flanagan.


3 posted on 08/24/2011 6:56:20 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Alistair Stratford IV

Sorry to hear this about Flanny.


4 posted on 08/24/2011 6:57:29 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Alistair Stratford IV

So young!

The article doesn’t even say what happened. I assume an autopsy will be performed, or something?

Journalism is a dying art.

In the meantime, prayers for the family.


5 posted on 08/24/2011 6:57:50 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Alistair Stratford IV

Wow; just happened to scroll down to this.

We’ll miss you, Mike.


6 posted on 08/24/2011 7:00:54 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Alistair Stratford IV
Man, what a shame. I remember him as an excellent pitcher for the Orioles during the Yankees' mini-dynasty of the late 1970s.

Here's a bizarre little point of interest from that era:

During Ron Guidry's stellar 25-3 season for the Yankees in 1978, all three of his losses came against left-handed pitchers with the first name of Mike. In addition to Mike Flanagan of the Orioles, these included Mike Caldwell of the Brewers and Mike Willis of the Blue Jays.

7 posted on 08/24/2011 7:00:55 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: freedumb2003
Under these circumstances I'm guessing there is no cause of death listed just yet.

After that hockey player from the Rangers (Derek Boogaard) was found dead in his Minnesota apartment a few months ago, it was several weeks before his cause of death was reported. It was ruled an accident caused by mixing prescription drugs that shouldn't have been taken together.

8 posted on 08/24/2011 7:04:30 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Alistair Stratford IV

Hey - so is it Monkton, or Sparks? Make up your minds, reporters!


9 posted on 08/24/2011 7:10:45 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Alistair Stratford IV

I went to an 1983 World Series game...not sure which one but I still have the stub. RIP Mike Flanagan.


10 posted on 08/24/2011 7:14:25 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Doesn’t really matter. They are close together and both are small rural communities.....with some serious upscale developments of luxury homes of Baltimore commuters.


11 posted on 08/24/2011 7:21:26 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: freedumb2003
Journalism is a dying art.

So true. Back to basics: who, what, when, where, how, and why. Sheesh.

12 posted on 08/24/2011 7:22:06 PM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: BreezyDog



13 posted on 08/24/2011 7:23:14 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Palin '12 begins in '11. In western New Hampshire pour moi.)
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To: Alistair Stratford IV

Watched dozens of his starts on summer nights from Section 34 with Wild Bill and the crew.


14 posted on 08/24/2011 7:36:23 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Hey - so is it Monkton, or Sparks? Make up your minds, reporters!

Or Sparks, Nevada as no state was listed.

15 posted on 08/24/2011 7:38:04 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Alberta's Child

<<Under these circumstances I’m guessing there is no cause of death listed just yet.<<

Any reasonable reporter would try to determine that and at least report that no cause of death is listed yet.

Where was he found? In what state? What do the authorities say?

Bad reporting to say the least...


16 posted on 08/24/2011 7:44:06 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: freedumb2003

This isn’t bad journalism, just breaking news.

The first three sentences were written immediately, as soon as basic information was released. The rest of the article was already-written copy filed away and ready for publication when Flanagan died.

That’s just how it’s done. Biographical obits are prepared in advance for well-known figures.

There will be follow-up stories with additional details.


17 posted on 08/24/2011 8:00:54 PM PDT by Jedidah (I'll vote for an earthworm before I'll vote for Obama. So wiggle on in, Rick Perry.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

No, both towns are in MD and I do know they are near each other (I’m just pointing out the detail mismatch); they did mention Baltimore County.


18 posted on 08/24/2011 8:35:03 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

They also mention York Road, etc; we locals recognize all that. ;-)


19 posted on 08/24/2011 8:35:50 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Sacrilege!


20 posted on 08/24/2011 8:37:09 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: freedumb2003

It’s the ABERDEEN PATCH - it’s a local paper (Aberdeen, MD - home of Cal Ripken) meant for local audience. It’s in MD, and is recognizable to most of us natives.

There are updates - check it out again:

“WBAL-TV (note: Baltimore station) reports that his death may be a suicide.”


21 posted on 08/24/2011 8:41:04 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

>>“WBAL-TV (note: Baltimore station) reports that his death may be a suicide.”<<

Thanks for the update (sad though it is).

I guess I was a least expecting the reporter to say “this is preliminary and more info will be reported as it becomes available.”


22 posted on 08/24/2011 8:45:16 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: freedumb2003

Aaah, I guess it’s just a small-time local yokel reporter. I’ve seen lots of glitches in various local reporting here on FR.

I hope it wasn’t suicide. It seems strange he was not far from home, rather than far away or in it.


23 posted on 08/24/2011 8:48:17 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

>>I hope it wasn’t suicide. It seems strange he was not far from home, rather than far away or in it.<<

Suicide has its own set of pathological.

Should it be true, it leads us all to the question “you had it all, so few people even come close — WHY???”

I agree in the hopes that it wasn’t suicide.

But a death in someone so young is always a tragedy.


24 posted on 08/24/2011 8:54:28 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Used to ride my bike down sherwood road which is a block away or so; the library was there, and I’d ride over from the Springlake community (up Pots Springs Road), and then come back down york/warren road. My wife is from Cockeysville, and there’s a nice little diner across the street and down a little ways from there.

Didn’t know Flanagan still lived there; I used to ride my bike past several of the Oriole homes; Ripken didn’t live too far from my house at one time.

Sorry to here this — he was too young.


25 posted on 08/24/2011 8:58:13 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: freedumb2003

Be patient. This barely happened less than 12 hours ago. And he’s not a world figure or well-known celebrity, so Geraldo won’t be reporting outside his home. Remember this is real life, not TV where everything is figured out in 60 minutes less commercials.

Also, I doubt suicide. People that commit suicide don’t usually do it in their front yards. But I could be wrong.


26 posted on 08/24/2011 11:58:05 PM PDT by dupree
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To: dupree

>>Also, I doubt suicide. People that commit suicide don’t usually do it in their front yards. But I could be wrong.<<

No matter how it happened, it is a tragedy.

Yes, we must wait for more information.


27 posted on 08/25/2011 12:03:24 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: dupree

“People that commit suicide don’t usually do it in their front yards.”

That’s what I was thinking with the 1st report - but this was updated later:

‘The body was found on a trail “some distance from the house,”’

So now it doesn’t sound like it was in his yard at all.


28 posted on 08/25/2011 6:16:56 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I gave this some thought and I can now understand why someone would commit suicide outside of their home, especially with a gunshot. It’s possible he wanted to spare the family of seeing the gruesome scene and having to deal with the clean-up. It also allows the family to think of happy moments spent in the house without associating them with their loved one’s death and makes it easier for the family to continue living in the house, if they choose to do so. I would have a hard time living in a house after something like that happened in it.

In our newspaper it said that he was having financial troubles, even though he was still broadcasting games. What a tragedy.


29 posted on 08/26/2011 11:30:52 PM PDT by dupree
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