Richard Keith Mahler
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Rick Mahler, who won 96 games in his 13-year career in the major leagues, died of a heart attack at his home in Jupiter, Fla., on March 2, 2005. He was 51.
Mahler was 96-111 in 13 seasons with a 3.99 career ERA. He pitched 1,951.1 innings pitched and recorded 952 strikeouts.
Mahler was scheduled to begin his second season as a minor league pitching coach for the New York Mets with the Class A team in Port St. Lucie.
"He was a great guy, a great teammate," Tom Glavine, friend and former teammate, said in wire reports. "I talked to him a lot about pitching when I first came up. He was a big help, especially for a young guy who was struggling."
Mahler debuted with Atlanta in 1979 and his best seasons with the team came from 1984 to 1986. In 1985, he was 17-15 with a 3.48 ERA in 266.2 innings on a team that won just 66 games.
In 1986, he won 14 games, but led the major leagues with 18 losses.
He pitched for the Reds in 1989 and 1990, pitched 10 games for Montreal in 1991 and finished up his career with the Atlanta Braves in 1991.
He pitched twice in the postseason -- with Atlanta in the NLCS in 1982 and with Cincinnati in the NLCS in 1990.
His brother, Mickey, also pitched in the major leagues and posted a 14-32 record from 1977 to 1986.
Mahler worked in the minor league organizations of Kansas City, Florida and St. Louis before becoming the manager of the Cardinals' Double-A affiliate in the Texas League in 1996-97.