Bob Welch was an amazing ball player. A former Cy Young Award winner and the last major league pitcher to win at least 25 games in a season passed away Monday night of a heart attack at the age of 57.
Welch was survived by his two sons and daughter in addition to his ex wife. Memorial services have not been scheduled yet.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Welch,” said A’s president Michael Crowley. “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.”
The A’s vice president and general manager Billy Beane added his condolences saying, “This is a sad day for the entire A’s organization. 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 for both the A’s and the Los Angeles Dodgers over 17 seasons and compiled a 211-146 record and a 3.47 ERA. He was a member of the A’s during the World Series in 1989 where they swept the Giants. It has been 24 years since he became the last pitcher to win 25 games in a season.
After his ball playing days, Welch was a pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondback when they won the 2001 World Series.
“This is a tragic and sad day, as Bob Welch will be remembered by everyone who knew him as a great teammate and a great friend,” Diamondback’s president and CEO Derrick Hall said. “Though he was on our Major League coaching staff for just one season, it was certainly memorable, as he guided our pitching staff to a world championship and will always be a part of our history. Not only did he have a distinguished playing career, but as a coach at Arizona State University and then with the D-backs, he impacted many people’s lives in a positive way and he will truly be missed.”
His passing has come to a shock to fans as well. We here at Golden Gate Sports would like to join in and wish his family and friends condolences and plan to remember him as the amazing player he once was.