Mike Flanagan, a New Hampshire native and UMass product who was the 1979 Cy Young winner with the Orioles, was found dead outside his Maryland home Wednesday, the team confirmed. He was 59.
According to Baltimore's WBAL-TV, Flanagan committed suicide because he was "despondent over what he considered a false perception from a community he loved of his role in the team's prolonged failure."
Flanagan, who spent most of his 18 MLB seasons in Baltimore and played two-plus seasons with the Blue Jays, went on to become an Orioles executive, serving as vice president for baseball operations and executive VP in the 2000s. He also served three stints as a team television analyst, a role he held at the time of his death.
"Mike was an Oriole through and through and he will be sorely missed by family, friends and fans," former teammate Cal Ripken Jr. said. "This is a sad day."
Flanagan had a 167-143 career...
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Beckett picked up his 11th win of the season, and the Red Sox offense tortured Rangers pitching as the Sox claimed a dominating 13-2 win Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark. In the past two games the Sox have totaled 24 runs and 30 hits.
Beckett dropped his ERA to 2.43, giving up just one run (a Mike Napoli solo homer) on four hits, striking out four and walking two. He finished throwing 110 pitches.
The Sox offense jumped all over Rangers starter Matt Harrison early and often, scoring four runs in the first inning and never looking back. The visitors came away with home runs from Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. Ellsbury finished with three hits, while Gonzalez, Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, Darnell McDonald, and David Ortiz had two hits apiece. Ortiz got a chance to test his recovering right heel (bursitis) on close plays at second and home.
The five RBIs for Crawford tied a career high. It...
LOWELL -- Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said Wednesday that he is ready to go for the coming season after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee following the Bruins' Stanley Cup victory.
Appearing at teammate Milan Lucic's Rock and Jock softball game, the 2009-10 NHL leader in save percentage and goals-against average said that he spent much of his offseason recovering and that he is ready to go for next season.
"I was pretty much out the whole good four or five weeks there and couldn't do [much], but I'm starting to get back on track now and working out and hopefully go on the ice next week or so and start to get back in shape," Rask said.
The injury dates back to January, but Rask wouldn't blame his statistical dip last season on his knee. "It didn't stop me from playing or practicing," said Rask, who lost the starting job to Tim Thomas last season.
"It was just something that we saw that was better...
A Sports Illustrated poll of 291 major league players ranked Red Sox manager Terry Francona as the second most desirable skipper in the majors under whom to play. Francona placed behind only Rays manager Joe Maddon.
LOWELL -- Bruins right winger Nathan Horton said Wednesday that he is healed from the concussion that knocked him out of the playoffs in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. Horton has not skated yet, but he said he has been working out and will be ready for the start of training camp in September.
Horton took a blindside hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in the first period of Game 3, ending his postseason. He indicated Wednesday that he took exception to Rome, who was suspended for four games, not properly apologizing or seeing how he felt.
"Just through a text message I heard [from him], but I mean, if it was me, I wouldn't be throwing a text message someone's way, you know?" Horton said when asked whether Rome reached out to him. "I'd have a little more respect to actually make a phone call."
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.
Gerry, Kirk, and Mut take NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo and SI writer Peter King to task for not addressing the Josh Brown domestic violence story.
Kirk and Callahan with Mut discuss the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pressers from Tuesday and whether they reveal signs of a rift between the coach and QB.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?
Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.
Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.More from this show
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