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Here's a statement from Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan on the death of former pitcher Pat Dobson:

"The sudden death of Pat Dobson deeply saddens me and the entire Orioles organization. Pat had his best seasons as a player in an Orioles uniform and will be fondly remembered by Orioles fans. I got to know Dobber well when he returned to our organization as pitching coach in 1996 and will never forget the fun times we had, talking baseball and telling stories, before and after games. On behalf of the Orioles organization and our fans, I extend our sympathies to Pat's family and to the San Francisco Giants organization. He will be missed."

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Flanagan was the Orioles' pitching coach in 1995, before Dobson took over the following season.

Here's a statement from San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean:

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"Pat's untimely death is a complete shock to the whole organization and me and it's hard for us to express our feelings right now. We've all become so close through the years and we're  going to miss him dearly. Obviously, our concern is for (his wife) Kathe and their family, and on behalf of the Giants, I want to express our condolences. I can't put into words the impact Pat had on the Giants over the years."
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Jim Palmer relayed an amusing anecdote to me tonight. It involved a fan in spring training mistaking Dobson for Kansas City Royals pitcher Chuck Dobson.
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"This guy kept yelling, 'Chuck, Chuck,' and Dobber says, 'I win 20 games and they think I'm Chuck Dobson. What am I, chuck roast?' He had 2,000 people in hysterics," Palmer said.

"He's one of the great trivia questions when it comes to the four 20-game winners. A lot of people don't know Pat Dobson. But he was a free spirit. He could laugh at himself."

I hated to be the one to break the news to Palmer and manager Sam Perlozzo, who was part of the 1996 coaching staff with Dobson. They were shocked and deeply saddened by Dobson's passing.

"It's just a tragedy that this happened so soon," Perlozzo said.

"That's one problem when you get in our age bracket," Palmer said. "You lose guys you competed with. You lose dear friends."

Add Dobson to that list, with Dave McNally, Mark Belanger, Cal Ripken Sr., Elrod Hendricks, George Bamberger, Chuck Thompson...

It's a list that's grown too long.

RIP.

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