Returning home to begin a five-game series with the Yankees on Friday night, the Orioles have revealed their plans to honor the late Mike Flanagan after the former pitcher, coach, executive, and broadcaster passed away on Wednesday.
Starting with Friday’s game, players and coaches will wear a black circular patch with “FLANNY” written in white on their right jersey sleeves for the rest of the 2011 season.
A black banner with the No. 46 in orange has been installed just above the press box and below the booth where Flanagan sat as a member of the MASN broadcast team. He had been scheduled to call this weekend’s series against the Yankees.
The club will hold a moment of silence prior to Friday’s game and the No. 46 will be displayed on the out-of-town scoreboard for the entire evening at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles will also show a video tribute on the video board at the conclusion of the first inning.
The Orioles flag on the right field flag court will also be flown at half staff for the remaining home games of the season.
And in an effort to invite fans to share their condolences and heartfelt memories of Flanagan, the Orioles have set up a virtual guestbook at www.oriolesguestbook.mlblogs.com or www.orioles.com/flanny.