Bruce Sutter, a Hall of Fame reliever for the Cardinals who won the 1982 World Series with a strikeout and was one of the first pitchers to use a split-finger fastball, passes away at age 69.
Sutter passed away on Thursday in Cartersville, Georgia, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In a statement released on Friday, the Sutter family did not specify the cause of death.
It stated, “Our father was so much more than just a terrific teammate; that is all he ever wanted to be known for.”
He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend in addition to being our mother’s husband for 50 years.
Only his love and devotion for his family can rival his love and passion for the sport of baseball.
Sutter is credited with being among the pioneers of the split-finger fastball.
The right-hander finished his career with 300 saves while spending 12 seasons in the major leagues. He was also a six-time All-Star.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed his “great sadness” over the development.