Former MLB pitcher Ron Perranoski has died

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Former MLB pitcher Ron Perranoski has passed away. He was 84. 

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, his sister Pat Zailo told the media that he died following a long illness. 

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He passed away in Vero Beach, Florida. As a pitcher, he won four World Series championships.

Perranoski is the fourth MLB player to pass away this week. St. Louis Cardinals legend Bob Gibson passed away on Friday night. 

“Sweet” Lou Johnson passed away on Wednesday. Jay Johnstone died last Saturday from complications of the coronavirus.

Perranoski made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1961. His final game came with the California Angels in 1973.

Besides playing for the Dodgers and the Angeles, Perranoski also played for the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers. He played for the Dodgers twice — first from 1961 to 1967 then again in 1972. 

When he was a player, he also led the American League in saves twice in 1969 and 1970. Both were with the Twins franchise. 

Following his playing career, he also served as a coach with the Dodgers from 1981 through 1994. He was then hired as a San Francisco Giants coach from 1997 through 1999. 

He won World Series Championships in 1963, 1965, 1981, and 1988. All four Championships were with the Dodgers — two as a player and two as a coach. 

He went 79-74 during his playing career in 737 games, including one start. His lone start came during his rookie season in 1961.

Perranoski had 458 games finished and 178 saves. He allowed 1,097 hits and 442 runs (364 earned runs), including 50 home runs over 1,174 2/3 innings. He also struck out 687 batters and walked 468.

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