Grathoff: Bill Fischer, Royals’ pitching adviser and former A’s pitcher, dies at 88

From Pete Grathoff at the Kansas City Star on October 31, 2018:

Bill Fischer’s life in professional baseball spanned 71 years and included time with two big-league franchises in Kansas City, a major-league record and a World Series ring.

Fischer, who died Tuesday at the age of 88, was the Royals’ pitching coordinator from 2007-10, then became the team’s senior pitching advisor, a job he held for the previous eight seasons.

“He’s meant a lot to a lot of people,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “He was not only an inspiration, but highly valuable to our organization. He was very instrumental in our success from the very beginning here.

“Fisch worked in baseball until the age of 88 and was still one of our most productive and insightful and impactful members of the organization. His mind was as sharp as it’s been since I’ve known him.”

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Originally published: October 31, 2018. Last Updated: October 31, 2018.