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Bob Welch, the 1990 American League Cy Young Award winner, passed away at age 57.
Welch played 17 seasons in the Major Leagues. For the first 10 years of his career, he suited up for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He then played with the Oakland Athletics for the final seven seasons of his career.
He won 211 games in his career and has a lifetime earned run average (ERA) of 3.47. He pitched 61 complete games and compiled 28 career shutouts, reports CBS Sports.
In 1990, he had the best year of his career, posting a 27-6 record and a 2.95 ERA. This is the last time a pitcher won 25 games in a season.
Welch won two World Series Championships as a player (with the 1981 Dodgers and the 1989 A’s). He was a member of the A’s when they won three straight pennants.
"This is a sad day for the entire A's organization," said Billy Beane, the A's vice president and general manager is a statement on the team’s website. "Those of us who knew Bob as a teammate and a friend will miss him greatly. My condolences go out to his family."
He was a two-time all-star and started the 1990 Mid-Summer Classic, according to baseball-reference.com .
After retiring from playing in 1994, he went into coaching. He was the pitching coach on the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the World Series. More recently, he served as an instructor for the A’s, helping with the minor league teams, reports the Mercury News.
He is survived by his children - Dylan, Riley and Kelly - and his ex-wife, Mary Ellen.