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Former Mets Pitcher Anthony Young Dies At 51

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Former New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young has passed away at the age of 51.

Young died from an inoperable brain tumor. The Mets announced his death on June 27, hours after former teammate Lenny Harris wrote on Twitter that Young had fallen into a coma.

Another former Mets pitcher, Turk Wendell, released a statement in which he explained that Young had been diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier in 2017.

"Anthony was a true gentleman," Wendell said, according to ESPN. "At this year's fantasy camp, he told us he had a brain tumor. That was Anthony. He never ran away from anything."

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Young is perhaps best known for holding the major league record for most consecutive losses. During the 1992 and 1993 seasons, he lost 27 consecutive games, breaking Cliff Curtis' previous record of 23. The losing streak ranged over 74 appearances, during which time he had a 4.39 ERA.

CBS Sports reports that Young also had a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless relief appearances in 1992. In those appearances, he posted nine saves and two holds, and never blew a save.

Young finished the 1993 season with a 1-16 record and a 3.77 ERA. The Mets lost a league-worst 103 games that year.

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His drought finally came to an end on July 28, 1993, when he gave up a go-ahead run in the ninth inning only for the Mets to come back and score two more runs, winning the game 5-4. For his teammates, it was cause for celebration.

"That wasn't even a big monkey that was on my back,'' Young said at the time, according to ESPN. "It was a zoo. The guys treated it like I had won a World Series game for them.''

Former Mets infielder Doug Flynn, who participated in the Mets fantasy camps with Young, said Young was a much better pitcher than his legacy suggests.

"[Anthony Young] took a lot of kidding about his losing records," Flynn said in a statement. "But he was the victim of some bad luck during the streak. He knew inside that he was a better pitcher than his numbers."

After leaving the Mets, Young played two seasons with the Chicago Cubs and another with the Houston Astros before retiring in 1996. Later in life, Young worked with a youth baseball group near his hometown of Houston.

"We join many others in the baseball world in mourning today's passing of former pitcher Anthony Young," the Astros said in a statement on Twitter. "We send our deepest condolences to Anthony's family, his former teammates and to the many friends he touched over the years."

Sources: ESPN, CBS Sports / Photo credit: Pixabay, Doug Kerr/Flickr, Metsfan84/Wikimedia Commons

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