Bob Welch dies at 57

bob welchBob Welch set a major league baseball record when he won 27 games in 1990. On Tuesday, it was announced Welch had died, presumably from a heart attack.

Welch had his best season when won the Cy Young award in 1990 at the age of 34 years old when we went 27-6 with a 2.95 ERA. He was 211-147 with a 3.47 ERA in 17 MLB seasons, 10 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and seven with the Oakland A’s.

He played on the A’s that teams that made the World Series from 1988-1990.

“I wish there were more teammates like him throughout the game today. He was a fierce competitor,” Dodgers hitting instructor Mark McGwire said. “Dave Duncan deserves a lot of credit for what he did with him going into that Cy Young season, because he had an ERA of, like, 100 in spring training and it just goes to show you what happens when the bell rings and a light bulb goes on and he wins, what, 27 games? I don’t think there was a player who knew him who didn’t care for him.”

Welch won two World Series (one in 1981 with the Dodgers and one with the A’s in 1989) and was a pitching coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won in 2001.

Welch battled demons early in his career when he struggled with alcoholism, but he persevered and even went on to write a book about it.

I don’t believe in death
Who comes in silent stealth
He robs us only of a breath
Not of a lifetime’s wealth
I don’t believe in the tomb
Imprisons us in earth
It’s but another loving womb
Preparing our new birth
I do believe in life
Empowered from above
Till freed from stress and worldly strife
We soar through realms above
I do believe that then
In joy that never ends
We’ll meet all those we’ve loved, again
And celebrate our friends.

-Pauline Webb

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