Mike Flanagan passed away yesterday, taking his own life. Just terrible, terrible news. My condolences to his friends and family.
You can watch Jim Palmer (amongst others) discussing it here.
There were reports from WBAL (since retracted) that the reason for the action was Flanny’s feelings regarding his part in the O’s struggles (or, at least, the fans’ perceptions of them), which would be deeply sad if true. No matter how much we may care – and I imagine Flanny cared about as much as anyone – it’s still just a game. I may never have watched Flanny pitch, and I was certainly critical of much of his front office work, but he was a big part of the Orioles and I’d take a hundred more losing seasons to reverse the last two days.