Mike Flanagan, a former Cy Young winner and part of the Baltimore Orioles' 1983 World Series championship team, has died. He was 59.
The death of former Cy Young Award winner Mike Flanagan has been ruled a suicide.
Former Cy Young award winner Mike Flanagan died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, the Maryland medical examiner ruled Thursday. A police investigation revealed that the 59-year-old pitcher was upset about financial issues. He left no note.
It is impossible to understand, of course, what caused Mike Flanagan to pull the trigger Wednesday afternoon. Speculation has run rampant since the tragedy, and much of it surmises that the Baltimore Orioles' ongoing failures were responsible for the suicide of a man who spent nearly 40 years as a player, executive and broadcaster with the organization.
BALTIMORE. -- Before the Baltimore Orioles started the press conference yesterday at B&O Warehouse to announce the firing of manager Sam Perlozzo, a public relations executive declared questions should be limited to "on the field performance."