The baseball world lost one of its best and most impactful relievers. Former Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals closer Bruce Sutter has died. He was only 69.
Sutter came up with the Cubs in 1976, immediately establishing himself as a multi-inning reliever who could bridge if necessary, but who could also close games. He won the Cy Young in 1979 when he threw 101.0 dominant innings in relief. He was a 4.8-WAR reliever that year. Almost unthinkable. Sutter was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Even after leaving the Cubs, Sutter was still a historical presence in the lore of the franchise: he was the pitcher on the mound for the home runs in the eponymous Ryne Sandberg Game.
Among the honors and memories pouring out today: