Hall of Fame closer, Cy Young winner Sutter dies

by Daryn Albert - Bruce Sutter, who entered the Hall of Fame after 300 saves with the Cubs, Cardinals and Braves, has died at 69.

Hall of Fame reliever, Cy Young winner Bruce Sutter dies 12:03 PM ET ESPN Baseball Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter has died at the age of 69. Sutter was the first pitcher to enter Cooperstown without ever starting a game. Elected to the Hall of Fame on his 13th ballot in 2006, Sutter became the fourth reliever to reach the Hall of Fame after amassing 300 saves with the Chicago Cubs , St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves . A six-time All-Star, Sutter won the Cy Young Award in 1979 after recording a league-best 37 saves over 101 1/3 innings of work for the Cubs. He was remembered by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Friday as "one of the key figures who foreshadowed how the use of relievers would evolve." After spending the first five years of his career in Chicago, he was traded to the rival Cardinals in 1981 and won a World Series with St. Louis in 1982. "Bruce will be remembered as one of the best pitchers in the histories of two of our most historic franchises," Manfred said in a statement. "On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my condolences to Bruce's family, his friends and his fans in Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta and throughout our game."