Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan

Michael Kendall Flanagan

Mike Flanagan was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 7th round of the 1973 draft. Flanagan started out with the Miami Orioles of the Florida State League, going 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 11 games. Flanagan played with Miami and the Asheville Orioles in 1974, going 6-6 with a 2.10 ERA in 14 games, with 6 complete games with Miami and a 6-4 record with a 1.82 ERA in 11 games, with 7 complete games.

In 1975, the Orioles promoted Flanagan to the Rochester Red Wings, going 13-4 with a 2.50 ERA in 27 games, with 10 complete games, and was promoted to the Orioles and went 0-1 with a 2.79 in 2 games/1 start. In 1976, Flanagan went 6-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 7 games, which 6 were complete games, and was called up to protect pitcher Ken Holtzman who was going to be traded to the Yankees, Flanagan finished up going 3-5 with a 4.13 ERA in 20 games. In Flanagan's first full major league year in 1977, he went 15-10 with a 3.64 ERA in 36 games, and had 15 games. Flanagan continued to be one of the Orioles and most valuable pitchers in baseball in 1978, going 19-15 with a 4.03 ERA in 40 games, with 17 complete games. Though Flanagan had his career year in 1979, when he won the American League Cy Young Award, going 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA in 39 games, with 16 complete games, and started the first game of the 1979 World Series. Flanagan continued to be one of the Orioles most valuable pitchers in 1980, going 16-13 with a 4.12 ERA in 37 games. In the strike-shortened season of 1981, Flanagan went 9-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 20 games. Flanagan again had another consistent year in 1982, going 15-11 with a 3.97 ERA in 36 games, with 11 complete games. During the Orioles World Series pennant year of 1983, Flanagan went 12-4 with a 3.30 ERA in 20 games.

Following the retirement of long-time Orioles pitching great Jim Palmer in 1984, Flanagan took on a increased role in the Orioles pitching staff as the staff leader. Flanagan went 13-13 with a 3.53 ERA in 34 games in 1984. Flanagan had his worst career year in 1985, going 4-5 with a 5.13 ERA. In 1986, Flanagan went 7-11 with a 4.24 ERA in 29 games as the Orioles struggled as a team. In 1987, Flanagan's struggles continued as he went 3-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 16 games and was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, who were in the midst of a pennant race for pitchers Jose Mesa and Oswaldo Peraza, and finished the year going 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 7 games. In Flanagan's first full year in Toronto in 1988, Flanagan went 13-13 with a 4.18 ERA in 34 games. In 1989, Flanagan went 8-10 and a 3.93 ERA in 30 games. Though in 1990, Flanagan fell to 2-2 with a 5.31 ERA in 5 games and was released by the Blue Jays on May 8.

The Orioles signed Flanagan to a minor league contract on April 2, 1991 with a invitation to spring training. Flanagan made the team out of spring training and became a useful reliever for the Orioles, going 2-7 with 3 saves and a 2.38 ERA in 64 games. On July 13, he pitched the seventh inning of a combined no-hitter along with Bob Milacki (1st-6th), Mark Williamson (8th) and Gregg Olson (9th). Flanagan later struck out Detroit Tigers first baseman Dave Bergman and shortstop Travis Fryman on October 6, 1991 to get the last two outs at Memorial Stadium. Flanagan struggled in his final year in 1992, going 0-0 with a 8.05 ERA in 42 games.

Flanagan finished his 18 year career with a 167-143 record with a 3.90 ERA. He was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1994.

Flanagan served as Orioles pitching coach twice, once under managers Phil Regan(1995) and Ray Miller(1998).

Flanagan was a Orioles announcer from 1996 to 1997 and then from 1999 to 2002.

Flanagan's father, Ed Flanagan Jr., was a minor league pitcher 1947-1952.


Further Reading

    * Ted Patterson: "The Baltimore Orioles: Four Decades of Magic from 33rd Street to Camden Yards, Taylor Publishing, Dallas, 2000
    * Orioles Information And Record Book 2001

By BR Bullpen

1983 World Series, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball Executive, Cy Young Award, Ed Flanagan, No-hitter, Toronto Blue Jays


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