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Former MLB pitcher, Giants executive Dick Tidrow dies at 74

Feb 15, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; Baseballs sit in a basket before the start of the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; Baseballs sit in a basket before the start of the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Dick Tidrow, who pitched in the majors for 13 seasons and later became an executive with the San Francisco Giants, has died at age 74.

The Giants announced the news Wednesday. Tidrow died unexpectedly Saturday in Lee’s Summit, Mo., according to the team.

“Our entire organization is heartbroken by the news of Dick’s passing,” Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said. “So much of our success over these past three decades is directly linked to Dick’s contributions. He will be truly missed by all of us and our thoughts are with Mari Jo and his entire family during this difficult time.”

Tidrow most recently served as a senior adviser to the president of baseball operations for the Giants. He provided insights to the Giants’ front office, particularly when it came to pitching personnel, and he is credited with playing a key role in the franchise’s World Series championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

“Dick was a unique and special person whose influence and impact was legendary throughout the game and whose fingerprints are all over our three World Series trophies,” Giants executive vice president Brian Sabean said. “On a personal level, we shared some incredible highs and lows together and I’m forever grateful for his 40 years of friendship and support.”

As a player, Tidrow went 100-94 with a 3.68 ERA and 55 saves in 620 games (138 starts) from 1972-84. He started his career with the Cleveland Indians (1972-74) before moving on to the New York Yankees (1974-79), Chicago Cubs (1979-82), Chicago White Sox (1983) and New York Mets (1984).

He won two World Series with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978, going 11-4 with a 3.16 ERA in the first of his title-winning seasons.

–Field Level Media