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Mike Flanagan found dead outside Parkton home

Whether it was as a player, executive, coach, or broadcaster, Mike Flanagan was a big part of the Orioles organization since 1975.

Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan was found dead outside of his home in Parkton tonight. He was 59 years old.

Flanagan pitched for the Orioles from 1975 to 1987 and then again from 1991 to 1992, throwing the final pitch at Memorial Stadium.

In 15 seasons with the Orioles Flanagan went 141-116 on the mound with a 3.89 ERA and 1,297 strikeouts in 2,317.2 innings pitched. For his career, which also featured four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Flanagan was 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA and 1,491 strikeouts.

Flanagan recorded double-digit wins eight times in his career and won a Cy Young award in 1979 when he won a career best 23 games which led the Orioles to a 102 wins.

The southpaw was a 1978 All-Star selection and was a key part to the team’s 1983 World Series Victory. Flanagan was 3-2 in post season play with 20 strikeouts in 35.1 innings and 1-1 in the World Series with a 3.32 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched.

After he retired Flanagan continued to be a major part of the Orioles organization, serving as the team’s pitching coach in two different stints, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, and the Orioles general manager before his contract ended in 2008.

In 2010 Flanagan was hired by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to work as a color analyst on Orioles telecast, splitting duties with Jim Palmer. He also worked as a broadcaster from 1996-1007 and from 1999-2002.

No cause of death has been announced.

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