On Wednesday, August 24, 2011, Major League Baseball suffered a big loss. Former MLB pitcher, Mike Flanagan, was found dead on his property in Monkton, Maryland. Flanagan, who made his debut in 1975, is best known for his career with the Baltimore Orioles. During his career, he compiled a record of 167-143, with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.90 and struck out 1,491. He spent 1975-1987 with the Orioles, 1987-1990 with the Toronto Blue Jays, and then went back to Baltimore for the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Mr. Flanagan was a member of the 1978 AL All-Star team, the 1979 AL Cy Young award winner, and a member of the 1983 Orioles that won the World Series. Upon his return to Baltimore in 1991, he shared a no-hitter with Bob Milacki, Mark Williamson and closer Gregg Olson.
Following his playing career he served two stints with the Orioles as a pitching coach and a broadcaster. In 2010, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network hired Flanagan to work as color analyst for the Orioles. He split duties with Jim Palmer. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and former teammates. This is a sudden and big loss for the Orioles and the Major League Baseball community.