Sad news:

Rick Mahler, who won nearly 100 games during a 13-year career spent mostly with the Atlanta Braves, died Wednesday. He was 51.

Mahler died of a heart attack in Jupiter, Fla., while preparing for his second season as a minor league pitching coach for the New York Mets, the team said. He was set to join the Mets’ Class A team in Port St. Lucie.

As you will probably remember, Mahler pitched for the Reds during the magical 1990 championship season. He won 7 games that year, including one in the National League Championship Series against the Pirates.

Redleg Nation’s sympathies go out to Mahler’s family.

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3 Responses

  1. Rob

    Say what??? I can’t believe this… What a shock….

  2. Chris

    Mahler was very crafty as a brave. He was quietly effective for the 1990 Reds, especially after Armstrong dropped of a cliff in the second half. Even so, I always forgot about him, and was surprised every time I saw him in pictures of the celebration.

  3. Steve

    Rick was an innings eater, pure and simple. Today he would have been one of our top starters, too.