John Brattain Passes Away

Dave · March 24, 2009 at 1:30 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

For those of you who regularly read The Hardball Times or Baseball Think Factory, you’ve probably laughed at one of John Brattain’s jokes over the years. Studes informed us today that he’s passed away due to complications from heart surgery. He was 44.

There’s no silver lining in posts like this. This sucks. Go hug a family member and tell them that they’re loved.


10 Responses to “John Brattain Passes Away”

  1. HamNasty on March 24th, 2009 3:11 pm

    Great writer, I wrote a paper last year dealing with Barry Bonds and he was one of my sources. RIP John.

  2. The Ancient Mariner on March 24th, 2009 3:38 pm

    Odie’s dead? That’s just not right. . . .

    I’m just realizing, it’s been a year or two since the last time I e-mailed him . . . hard to believe it’s been that long. I was just going to drop him a line the other week, and hadn’t gotten around to it . . . too late now, which sucks, all right.

    He was just about the first person I ever “met” online, twelve years ago; my opinion of him never dropped, it only ever improved, which is something to say. John Brattain, RIP.

  3. north on March 24th, 2009 7:52 pm

    As a heart surgery survivor, this really hits home.

    I always enjoyed his writing. Rest easy.

  4. Rain Delay on March 24th, 2009 8:11 pm

    I had the pleasure of writing with John over at Baseball Digest Daily. Loved reading his stuff, and was saddened to hear the news from Joe.

  5. Taylor H on March 24th, 2009 8:51 pm

    I did.

    RIP John.

  6. Shrike on March 24th, 2009 10:30 pm

    Very upsetting news. Comedy has turned to tragedy.

  7. zzyzx on March 25th, 2009 7:00 am

    God I’m sorry for those who loved his work. I had an Internet friend of some 16 years die yesterday so it just seems like it was in the air…

  8. galaxieboi on March 25th, 2009 7:10 am

    For the last three years I’ve looked forward every day to one of John’s witty comments on BTF. Primer won’t be the same anymore. Godspeed, Mr. Brattain, Godspeed.

  9. The Ancient Mariner on March 25th, 2009 12:12 pm

    There is one positive thing to say: you didn’t have to write, and we didn’t have to read, a post like this for scraps.

  10. joser on March 27th, 2009 3:00 pm

    Over at Replacement Level Yankees they’ve got information on a memorial fund, as well as some nice tributes (including one written by Brattain himself, though under other circumstances obviously).

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