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Police had reports on Mike Flanagan

SPARKS, Md. -- Police records show former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan threatened to kill himself on several occasions before he committed suicide in August.

Flanagan won the Cy Young Award in 1979 and was a member of the Orioles' 1983 world championship team. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Aug. 24 outside his Baltimore County home.

Records obtained by The Baltimore Sun reveal that Flanagan previously had threatened to shoot himself and had walked outside with a gun several times, saying, "I can't take it anymore."

His wife, Alex, had talked him out of it each time, according to the Sun.

Alex Flanagan told detectives the couple was upset that he had been working without a contract for a year and a half as a commentator with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

The Orioles' communications director told the Sun that Flanagan had a contract and was being paid.

Alex Flanagan last spoke to her husband at about 1 a.m. ET Aug. 24, while she was out of town. She told police he sounded upset, and he promised he would talk to her later.

When Alex Flanagan did not hear from him, she called a neighbor to check on him. The neighbor went over and called 911 after failing to find him.

Police discovered a body on the property but could not immediately determine the identity because the wounds were so severe. No note was found.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.