It is with great sadness that WNST.net reports a body found on a Sparks property is that of former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan in an apparent suicide. The news was confirmed by a family friend Wednesday evening.
Flanagan was 59.
Police investigated the situation in Sparks as a body was discovered at the home of Flanagan late Wednesday afternoon.
As first reported by Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore County police received a 911 call regarding a suspicious death on the 15000 block of York Road. A body was found on a path leading to a barn on Flanagan’s property.
Flanagan was the 1979 American League Cy Young Award winner and a member of the 1983 World Series champion Orioles. He also held the distinct honor of being the last Oriole to pitch at Memorial Stadium, striking out Travis Fryman to end the top of the ninth inning and walking off the mound to a standing ovation in a 7-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 6, 1991.
He was currently serving as a game analyst for MASN, his third broadcasting stint with the Orioles, and had two different tenures as the Baltimore pitching coach. Flanagan also served as the executive vice president of baseball operations prior to the arrival of current president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail in 2007.
A 1994 inductee to the Orioles Hall of Fame, Flanagan won 167 games and posted a 3.90 earned run average over his 18-year career with the Orioles and Blue Jays.
Stay with WNST as more develops on this very sad story.