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Offseason Passings - 2018-19

 
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dodgerblue6



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PostPosted: Sat 11/10/18 3:27 pm    Post subject: Offseason Passings - 2018-19 Reply with quote

With sadness, I must report that former Dodger Kenny Howell has passed away at age 57. He died yesterday from complications of diabetes.

The reliever had played in the major leagues from 1984-1990, including five seasons with the Dodgers and two with the Phillies. Following retirement, Howell coached for several years in the Dodgers' organization. He is also a link to the magical 1988 championship team that we all so fondly remember.

And, just to demonstrate how much the pitching game has changed over the last 30 years, the linked article notes that Howell appeared in 245 games over the course of his career, recording an ERA of 3.95, with 31 saves. Most telling is that "he led the Dodgers in 1986 with 12 saves."

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Mon 11/12/18 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad to lose one who is so respected by many players he helped. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat 12/8/18 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What horrible news that was out of the D.R. yesterday that former Angel Luis Valbuena was killed in a car accident. Sad

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PostPosted: Sat 12/8/18 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a sad story and to have him die so young! I enjoyed watching him play.
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PostPosted: Wed 1/16/19 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former major league pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre has passed away at age 77, after a battle with bone marrow cancer. All 11 of his major league seasons (1964-1974) were spent with the Yankees; he served as pitching coach for both the Mets (1984-1993) and Yankees, as well as the Astros and Mariners, calling it a career in Seattle in 2008. In both New York stints as a coach, he mentored several accomplished pitchers who contributed to championships.

(DB6 note: Oddly, his decade-plus playing career in the Bronx took place during the Yankees' first "down" era, winning no World Series. However, he did end up with three world championship rings in his decade with the NYY as pitching coach, from 1996-2005.)

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Sun 1/27/19 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it appears I have even more catching up to do!

It was announced today that Peter Macgowan has died. This news sent shock waves through the Bay Area.

I have also neglected to mention the passing of Eli Grba last week.

May they rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Thu 2/14/19 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Pirates pitcher Bob Friend passed away at age 88 on February 3.

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PostPosted: Tue 3/12/19 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Padre Kevin Ward has passed away at age 57. He died on Saturday at home in Coronado, following a battle with cancer. The outfielder spent two years in the major leagues, both with the Padres (1991-92).

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PostPosted: Sat 3/16/19 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, thank you for posting that, Linda. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu 3/21/19 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been a busy week for passings of former players, as they "come in threes", and three took place this week. More later.
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