Tragedy struck the baseball world late Sunday morning, as retired nine-year veteran RHP Todd Frohwirth passed away at the age of 54 due to stomach cancer, an illness he had been battling for a "lengthy" period of time, per Dan Connolly.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native was drafted in the 13th round of the 1984 amateur draft and spent his first four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1987 to 1990. In 72 relief appearances with the Phillies, Frohwirth combined to go 3-3 with a 3.95 ERA, 60 strikeouts and 37 walks over 86 2/3 innings. He is remembered and revered for having thrown "submarine style.”
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter described Frohwirth to MASN on Sunday as "a special member of the Orioles family and a great human being." Frohwirth spent three seasons with the Orioles from 1991-1993 and has served as a professional scout for the club since 2003, according to his LinkedIn profile. The Orioles announced they will honor Frohwirth with a pregame moment of silence Monday afternoon, as they return to Ed Smith Stadium to face the Boston Red Sox.
In his later years, Frohwirth served as the head boy's varsity basketball coach at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee from 2013-2014. His son, Tyler, is currently a Phillies minor league pitcher. Last season with the Gulf Coast League Phillies at the age of 22, Tyler went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 14 strikeouts spanning 18 relief appearances and 17 1/3 innings.