Cancer has claimed the life of a former major league reliever who pitched for both the Balitmore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies.
Todd Frohwirth died Sunday from complications with stomach cancer at age 54. He was a scout with Baltimore.
"He was a special member of the Orioles family," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com. "One of our best scouts and a great human being. He's been a big contributor here."
The side-winding Frohwirth spent most of his big-league career with the O's, making 186 relief appearances for Baltimore from 1991-93. He also pitched for the Phillies (1987-90), Red Sox ('94) and Angels ('96). The right-handed reliever was 20-19 with a 3.60 ERA in 284 career games.
Frohwirth had his two best seasons with the Orioles, going 7-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 51 relief appearances in ’91 and 4-3 with a 2.46 ERA in 65 games in ’92.
Hall of Famer and former Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer expressed his condolences in a tweet: “horrible news with the death of Todd Frohwirth. Could light up a room.”
Frohwirth also was a successful high school basketball coach, leading two different girls' programs to state championship games in Wisconsin.
Frohwirth was born in Milwaukee in 1962,.