Judging from the immediate reaction to Mike Flanagan's passing, it's probably safe to assume that nearly everyone who spent much time with Flanagan was deeply affected by him. Since the news broke Wednesday night, the reaction from around baseball has been swift and practically unanimous. Below, just a small sampling ...
- Flanagan wore No. 46 throughout his Orioles career. Now Jeremy Guthrie's got it. And as Dan Connolly writes, Guthrie's looking for guidance regarding the best way to honor Flanagan's memory.
- ESPN.com's Tim Kurkjian covered Flanagan in Baltimore for years, and Kurkjian writes that Flanagan was both the favorite player that he covered and the funniest player he covered.
- Ken Rosenthal covered Flanagan in Baltimore, too, and Wednesday night he offered this video tribute, focusing on Flanagan's performance in the last game at Memorial Stadium.
- In honor of Flanagan, Joe Posnanski has created the Crafty Lefty Hall of Fame.
- Chris Jaffe has pulled together a comprehensive list of Flanagan's career highlights.
- The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel poses the question, Where does Flanagan rank among Orioles pitching greats? Ten years ago I had him sixth, behind Jim Palmer, Mike Mussina, Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Milt Pappas. (Perhaps it says something about the Orioles' recent fortunes that the rankings probably haven't changed.)
- Peter Schmuck writes that Flanagan always considered himself an Oriole.
- I linked to Richard Justice earlier this morning, but in case you missed it, Justice did a wonderful job writing about Flanagan's humor and his pitching talents. So does MLB.com's Peter Gammons.