Remembering all around the game that passed in 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA – MAY 12: Kelley Towers, wife of former San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers, stands with Ron Fowler, Padres’ executive chairman, in a pre-game tribute to the members of the 1998 San Diego Padres National League West Championship team before a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PETCO Park on May 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kelley Towers;Ron Fowler

In an extensive coverage of MLB deaths, we review over 150 persons associated with the game that were lost in 2018.

After putting together a review of MLB deaths in 2017, the notes from families and teams pushed for wide coverage this year, which has led to taking plenty of time to put this together, so my apologies for the delay!!

We will start our look at 2018’s MLB deaths with some statistics, per Baseball-Reference’s records:

  • 92 players who came to the plate at least once in the major leagues and/or 46 that threw at least a pitch in the major leagues passed away in 2018
  • 5 former MLB managers passed in 2018
  • Player Stats
  • Most seasons played in the major leagues: 23
  • Earliest debut season: 1941
  • All-Star selections, combined: 33
  • All-Star selections, max: 10
  • Most position-player bWAR: 64.5
  • Most pitcher bWAR: 22.5
  • Most career pitcher wins: 115
  • Most career saves: 62
  • Most career pitching strikeouts: 1,179
  • Lowest career ERA (minimum 100 IP): 3.07
  • Most career home runs: 521
  • Most career hits: 2,716
  • Most stolen bases: 187
  • Highest career batting average (minimum 500 PA): .317
  • Manager Stats
  • Total wins: 1,801
  • Total seasons managed: 28
  • Most career wins: 1,041
  • World Series won as manager: 1
  • Total ejections: 16
  • Random Stats
  • 3 Hall of Famers
  • Oldest profiled: 100/li>
  • Youngest profiled: 14
  • Active players: 3

Now, let’s begin the profiles, going month by month, beginning in January:

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