The University of Missouri announced this afternoon that pitching coach Brian DeLunas passed away last night at the age of 46. He had been battling kidney disease.
A Missouri native and co-founder of St. Louis-based training facility Premier Pitching and Performance, DeLunas returned to Columbia for his second stint as Tigers pitching coach last June. In between those two runs, he worked for parts of four seasons in the major leagues. Most notably, he spent the 2018-20 seasons with the Mariners. He served as Seattle’s bullpen coach in both 2018 and 2020 (working remotely during the latter season due to concerns regarding COVID-19 and his preexisting kidney condition), while he spent the 2019 campaign as the M’s director of pitching development/strategies. After DeLunas and the Mariners parted ways at the end of 2020, he spent some time with the Mets as a special projects coordinator before being hired by Mizzou.
“Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are in the loss of our friend, Brian DeLunas,” Tigers head baseball coach Steve Bieser said in a statement. “In the months since his return to Mizzou, he has made an indelible impact on our team through his love of the game and his players along with his inspirational courage off the field. Brian was a tremendous husband, father, brother and coach, and our hearts go out to Johannah, Rory, Maren and the entire DeLunas family as we ask everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
MLBTR joins many others throughout the game in sending our condolences to DeLunas’ family, friends and loved ones.