Former Brewers executive Edmund Fitzgerald has died. And no, the name is not a mere coincidence.
He was the son of the insurance magnate — also named Edmund Fitzgerald — the famous ship and Great Lakes Brewing Company porter was named after. According to the Chicago Tribune, Fitzgerald the Younger played a key role in baseball as well:
Fitzgerald was one of four men who led the long fight to get another baseball franchise for Milwaukee after the Braves left for Atlanta after the 1965 season. One of the other four, Bud Selig, was a Milwaukee car salesman who became president of the new Brewers franchise and baseball commissioner. The Brewers started playing in Milwaukee in 1970 … He was a Brewers vice president and the team’s chairman of the board until 1982.
Fella, it’s bin good t’know ya!
Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.
The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.
The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: