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Monday, August 29, 2011

Baseball Passion

Passion!!! Otherwise known as emotion, strong amorous feeling or desire, love, or ardor.

Wednesday afternoon Former #46 Orioles Pitcher Mike Flanagon was found dead in his home located in Monkton, Maryland.

Flanagan was known as witty, sharp, and clever. He was a great teammate, a very good pitcher and won 167 games in his career. He had a record of 23 and 9 with a ERA of 3.08 and five shutouts. The type of pitches you would see from Flanagan were a sinking fast ball and a amazing curve ball, great pick-off moves and great control. With all these talents rounded into one person, the Orioles made it to the world series in 1979, and in that same year he was give the American League Cy Young Award. Could you ask for a better pitcher to be added to your baseball memories, maybe, but in the eyes of Orioles fan, I don't think so.

He played for the Orioles from 1975 to 1987 then was traded to the Blue Jays in 1987 to 1990 and then back to the Orioles in 1991 through 1992. The last game of his career was against the Red Sox, It’s the perfect ending to Flanagan’s career. In the top of the eighth of a game Baltimore’s losing, 6-1 to Boston, Orioles manager Johnny Oates called Flanagan out to pitch is final pitches.

There is a reason why Oriole fans are honoring his death; Passion!! The love and support of memories of a great pitcher who had Passion. Flanagan will never be forgotten.

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