Team spokesman Brian Bartow said Forsch, the third-winningest pitcher in franchise history, died Thursday at his home near Tampa, Fla. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.
The death came less than a week after Forsch threw out the first pitch at Game 7 of the World Series, a few hours before the Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win the championship. Forsch was the stand-in for his longtime manager, Whitey Herzog, who is recovering from a fall that left him in a hospital for more than three weeks.
“I was supposed to throw out the first ball and was still on medicine, so they decided Forschie would do it,” Herzog told the AP in a phone interview from his home in suburban St. Louis County. “We’ve kept in touch throughout the years. To drop dead like that, it’s a real shock.”
Forsch, a 6-foot-4 right-hander known for clutch performances in crucial games, played on three World Series teams in the 1980s under Herzog, and one of his three career postseason victories came against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Cardinals’ 1982 World Series championship.
Forsch won 20 games in 1977 and twice was a 15-game winner, and had a career record of 168-136 with a 3.76 ERA.
CUBS: Pete Mackanin fielded so many questions during his interview for the Cubs’ managing job that he probably could have used a mitt.
The Philadelphia Phillies bench coach, Mackanin made his pitch to Chicago’s new management team at dinner Thursday and during his formal interview Friday. He says the process was “very comprehensive” and they “didn’t let me up for air.”
The Cubs are looking to replace Mike Quade, fired Wednesday after a 71-91 season that extended their championship drought to 103 season.
NATIONALS: Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Washington Nationals.
The team announced the free-agent deal Friday.
Wang went 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts for Washington in 2011.
DIAMONDBACKS: Catcher Henry Blanco, a former Atlanta Brave, is staying with Arizona, agreeing to a $1.5 million, one-year contract.
TRADE: The Oakland Athletics have traded right-hander Trystan Magnuson to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.
Magnuson made his major league debut with Oakland last season and had no decisions and a 6.14 ERA in nine relief appearances.