Former Oakland A’s pitcher Matt Keough died Friday, the staff introduced. He was 64 years previous.
Keough’s son, Shane Keough, posted a tribute to the 1978 All-Star on social media.
“My favourite place was at all times in your shoulders,” the put up reads. “It makes me smile figuring out McCoy shall be there with you; proper there in your shoulders. It wasn’t at all times good however I wouldn’t change it for the world. You taught me greater than you’ll ever know and I hope that I make you proud. Chill and benefit from the everlasting sunshine. Until I see you once more – I really like dad.”
Matt Keough was an Athletic for seven seasons from 1977 to 1983. He was named to the American League All-Star staff his rookie yr, happening to put up a 3.24 ERA that season. He was additionally named the 1980 comeback participant of the yr after successful 16 video games, notching 20 full video games and ending the season with a 2.92 ERA.
Keough was a key cog within the BillyBall period and was featured as one of many A’s “5 Aces” — together with Rick Langford, Steve McCatty, Brian Kingman and Mike Norris — on a 1981 cowl of Sports activities Illustrated.
Matt Keough had stints with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. He pitched for Japan’s Hanshin Tigers from 1987 to 1990. The proper-handed pitcher returned to the States and tried an MLB comeback with the California Angels, however in 1992 was struck within the head by San Francisco Giants’ John Patterson’s screaming foul ball whereas sitting in Scottsdale Stadium’s visiting dugout throughout a spring coaching recreation. The then-36-year-old had emergency surgical procedure, successfully ending his baseball enjoying profession.
Keough went on to grow to be an A’s as a particular assistant and pitching advisor. He additionally labored within the government places of work for the Angels and as a scout for the Tampa Bay Satan Rays.
“Matt was an awesome baseball man and a proud Oakland A,” stated A’s Government Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. “He had an unimaginable ardour for the sport and we have been fortunate to have him and his wealth of information alongside us for the years he labored as a Particular Assistant. He left an unforgettable impression on everybody he touched in baseball. Our honest condolences are with the complete Keough household tonight.”
The A’s drafted his son, Shane, in 2005, the place he stayed within the decrease minor leagues for 4 seasons earlier than his launch in 2010. His father Marty Keough is an Oakland native and former outfielder for the Boston Pink Sox, Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1956 to 1966. His uncle, Joe Keough, was an outfielder who performed 34 video games for the A’s in 1968 earlier than enjoying 4 seasons with the Kansas Metropolis Royals.
His daughter, Kara, misplaced her toddler son three weeks previous to her father’s dying. The previous “Actual Housewives of Orange County” persona posted a tribute on social media.
“Daddy, please deal with my son,” the put up on Instagram reads. “Educate him the circle changeup and easy methods to discover eternally mates. You’re on grandpa obligation in heaven now. Xoxo, Hammerhead.”
Matt Keough can also be survived by his son, Colton. The reason for dying isn’t but decided.