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Former Cy Young winner Bob Welch dies at 57

  • FILE - This is a March 1, 1987 file photo provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers showing pitcher Bob Welch. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif.  He was 57. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Dodgers, File)

    FILE - This is a March 1, 1987 file photo provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers showing pitcher Bob Welch. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif. He was 57. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Dodgers, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch winds up to throw to the Philadelphia Phillies in a National League playoff game at Philadelphia. Welch, former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics has died.  The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif. He was 57.  (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 4, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch winds up to throw to the Philadelphia Phillies in a National League playoff game at Philadelphia. Welch, former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif. He was 57. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 14, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Bob Welch soaks his arm in ice after the New York Yankees won the fourth game of World Series 4-3 in New York. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, has died.  The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., Monday, June 9, 2014. He was 57.  (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 14, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Bob Welch soaks his arm in ice after the New York Yankees won the fourth game of World Series 4-3 in New York. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., Monday, June 9, 2014. He was 57. (AP Photo, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch, right, wets down first baseman Steve Garvey with champagne in Los Angeles after the Dodgers clinched the National League Western Division title by beating the San Diego Padres. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif.  He was 57. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, File )

    FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch, right, wets down first baseman Steve Garvey with champagne in Los Angeles after the Dodgers clinched the National League Western Division title by beating the San Diego Padres. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif. He was 57. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, File )

  • FILE - In this July 10, 1990 file photo, Oakland Athletics' Bob Welch, left, Los Angeles Dodgers' Mike Scioscia, center, and New York Yankees' Steve Sax, all former Dodgers teammates, enjoy a moment together before the start of the 61st annual All-Star game in Chicago. Welch, a two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., Monday, June 9, 2014. He was 57.  (AP Photo/Peter Southwick, File)

    FILE - In this July 10, 1990 file photo, Oakland Athletics' Bob Welch, left, Los Angeles Dodgers' Mike Scioscia, center, and New York Yankees' Steve Sax, all former Dodgers teammates, enjoy a moment together before the start of the 61st annual All-Star game in Chicago. Welch, a two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., Monday, June 9, 2014. He was 57. (AP Photo/Peter Southwick, File)

  • FILE - This is a March 1, 1987 file photo provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers showing pitcher Bob Welch. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif.  He was 57. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Dodgers, File)

    FILE - This is a March 1, 1987 file photo provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers showing pitcher Bob Welch. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif. He was 57. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Dodgers, File)

  • FILE - This is a March 1, 1987 file photo provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers showing pitcher Bob Welch. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif.  He was 57. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Dodgers, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch winds up to throw to the Philadelphia Phillies in a National League playoff game at Philadelphia. Welch, former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics has died.  The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif. He was 57.  (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 14, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Bob Welch soaks his arm in ice after the New York Yankees won the fourth game of World Series 4-3 in New York. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, has died.  The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., Monday, June 9, 2014. He was 57.  (AP Photo, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch, right, wets down first baseman Steve Garvey with champagne in Los Angeles after the Dodgers clinched the National League Western Division title by beating the San Diego Padres. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif.  He was 57. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, File )
  • FILE - In this July 10, 1990 file photo, Oakland Athletics' Bob Welch, left, Los Angeles Dodgers' Mike Scioscia, center, and New York Yankees' Steve Sax, all former Dodgers teammates, enjoy a moment together before the start of the 61st annual All-Star game in Chicago. Welch, a two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., Monday, June 9, 2014. He was 57.  (AP Photo/Peter Southwick, File)
  • FILE - This is a March 1, 1987 file photo provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers showing pitcher Bob Welch. Welch, a former All-Star pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s, has died. The two-time All-Star and Cy Young award winner was found dead at his home in Seal Beach, Calif.  He was 57. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Dodgers, File)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Bob Welch, the 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner of the Oakland Athletics and the last major leaguer to win at least 25 games in a season, died. He was 57.

Welch died Monday night at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., the team said yesterday. The police said officers responded to a call for medical aid and found Welch dead in the bathroom area.

No cause of death was released. The coroner was awaiting toxicology test results, which can take eight to 12 weeks, said Lt. Jeffrey Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Welch was an admitted alcoholic early in his career and spent time in rehabilitation. He co-authored a book in 1981 with George Vecsey about his addiction titled Five O’Clock Comes Early: A Ballplayer’s Battle With Alcoholism.

“The fact is, I’m crazy when I’m drunk,” Welch said in the book. “There’s every chance I would have been dead by now if I was drinking.”

The right-hander played on five teams that reached the World Series (1978, 1981, 1988, 1989 and 1990) and won two titles, one in 1981 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and another in 1989 with the A’s.

In Oakland, Welch figured prominently on teams that won three straight AL championships from 1988-90, including the club that swept the San Francisco Giants in the earthquake-interrupted World Series.

“He will always be a significant part of our franchise’s history,” A’s President Michael Crowley said.

Welch finished 211-146 with a 3.47 ERA in 17 seasons with the Dodgers (1978-87) and Athletics (1988-94). He also was the pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won the 2001 World Series and had served as a special instructor for the A’s in recent years.

“This is a sad day for the entire A’s organization,” General Manager Billy Beane said. “Those of us who knew Bob as a teammate and a friend will miss him greatly.”

Welch was drafted in the first round by the Dodgers in 1977 out of Eastern Michigan. His most memorable moment for Los Angeles was in the 1978 World Series, when the 21-year-old rookie struck out Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson with two runners on base to end Game 2.

“I was stone sober, too,” Welch said in the book. “I hadn’t gotten around to drinking before a game, particularly a World Series game – although, given time, I would have.”

Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten called Welch “one of the greatest competitors to wear the Dodger uniform.”

Welch won the AL Cy Young Award after going 27-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 1990. His 27 wins tied him with Steve Carlton in 1972 for the most in a season since Denny McClain’s 31 victories in 1968.

Several current A’s players also offered condolences on Twitter.

“Devastated to learn of Bob Welch’s passing,” A’s left-hander Sean Doolittle wrote. “The A’s organization lost not only one of its best pitchers, but one of its best people.”

No one answered the door at Welch’s home yesterday, which had been sealed with a sticker from the Orange County coroner.

Neighbor Alma Purcha said she woke up to find police cars outside the home several blocks from the Pacific Ocean. She said Welch divided his time between Arizona and Seal Beach. She last saw him with his son and daughter Friday, when they exchanged pleasantries.

Welch was born in Detroit and was lauded by the school he led to two trips to the College World Series. Eastern Michigan Athletic Director Heather Lyke called the pitcher one of the university’s “greatest ambassadors.”

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