MLB: Former Seattle Mariners Bullpen Coach Dies at 46

The University of Missouri announced this Monday afternoon that pitching coach Brian DeLunas passed away last night at the age of 46. He had been battling kidney disease.

Missouri native and co-founder of the Premier Pitching and Performance training center based in St. Louis, DeLunas returned to Columbia for his second stint as the Tigers’ pitching coach last June:

Between those two careers, he worked parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues. Most notably, he spent the 2018-20 seasons with the Mariners.

He served as Seattle’s bullpen coach in both 2018 and 2020 (working remotely for the last season due to concerns about COVID-19 and his pre-existing kidney condition), while spending the 2019 season as director of development/strategies. of Mariners pitching.

After DeLunas and the Mariners parted ways in late 2020, he spent time with the New York Mets as coordinator of special projects, before being hired by Mizzou. Tigers head baseball coach Steve Bieser said in a statement:

Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are at the loss of our friend, Brian DeLunas. In the months since his return to Mizzou, he has made an indelible impact on our team through his love of the game and its players, coupled with his inspiring courage off the pitch.”

Brian was a great husband, father, brother and coach, and our hearts go out to Johannah, Rory, Maren and the entire DeLunas family as we ask everyone to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.”

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Al Bat joins others throughout the game in sending our condolences to DeLunas’ family, friends, and loved ones.

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I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterruptedly since 2009), signatures of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. This is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Former Seattle Mariners Bullpen Coach Dies at 46