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Former A's Pitcher Bob Welch Passes Away

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:03:00 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Former Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bob Welch passed away on Tuesday. He was 57.

In 1990, the two-time All-Star won the American League Cy Young Award, compiling a record of 27-6 with a 2.95 ERA for the A’s.  He's the last pitcher to win at least 25 games.

“This is a sad day for the entire A’s organization,” said A’s vice president and general manager Billy Beane. “Those of us who knew Bob as a teammate and a friend will miss him greatly. My condolences go out to his family.”

Welch played 17 seasons in the majors, accumulating a record of 211-146 and a 3.47 ERA with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1978-87) and the Athletics (1988-95). He won two World Series championships as a player (1981 with Dodgers and 1989 with A’s) and one as a coach (2001 with Arizona Diamondbacks).

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