Bob Welch, who spent 17 Major League Baseball seasons pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A’s has died at the age of 57, according to an A’s team release.
Welch was the last MLB pitcher to win 25 games in a single season, and was the 1990 Al Cy Young Award winning while pitching for Oakland. He compiled a 211–146 record with 1,969 strikeouts and a 3.47 ERA in 3,092 innings during his career.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Welch,” A’s president Michael Crowley said in a statement. “He was a legendary pitcher who enjoyed many of his best seasons with the Oakland A’s. He will always be a significant part of our franchise’s history, and we mourn his loss. We send our greatest sympathies to his family and friends.”
Welch, who started his career in 1978 with the Dodgers and helped them to a 1981 World Series win, came to the A’s in 1988 and was a big part of Oakland’s 1989 World Series Championship team. He also earned another World Series ring in 2001 as the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach.
“This is a sad day for the entire A’s organization,” A’s general manager Billy Beane said in a statement. “Those of us who knew Bob as a teammate and a friend will miss him greatly. My condolences go out to his family.”
Welch is survived by his sons Dylan (25) and Riley (23), daughter Kelly (18) and former wife Mary Ellen, according to the A’s press release.