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The Yankees world mourns the passing of Mel Stottlemyre

Yankees Universe responded en masse to the death of a beloved pitcher and man.

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The sad news broke earlier today that former Yankees pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre passed away at the age of 77. Stottlemyre lost his fight with bone marrow cancer, the disease he battled bravely since being diagnosed nearly two decades ago.

Stottlemyre was a star pitcher with the Yankees during the 60s and 70s and won several rings as a coach, both with the Mets in 1986 and as a member of Joe Torre’s Yankees coaching staffs. Moreover, though, Stottlemyre was a beloved member of the baseball community, a man adored just as much for his decency as for his ability.

The outpouring of support around MLB and the Yankees community has been tremendous in the wake of Stottlemyre’s death: