Former Padres pitcher Arlin dies at 70

August 23rd, 2016
Steve Arlin after being chosen as the most outstanding player of the 1966 College World Series as an Ohio State pitcher. (AP)

SAN DIEGO -- Former Padres and Indians pitcher Steve Arlin has passed away at age 70, according to a release from Ohio State athletics. The right-hander died Wednesday of undisclosed causes.

Arlin is perhaps best known as the Padres pitcher to have come the closest to throwing a no-hitter. On July 18, 1972, Arlin was one out shy of a no-no against Philadelphia, before Denny Doyle's chopper bounced over the glove of Padres third baseman Dave Roberts for a single. No Padres pitcher has come as close to recording a no-hitter since.

In six big league seasons, Arlin posted a 4.33 ERA. He spent 5 1/2 seasons with the Padres before being dealt to the Indians in June 1974 for Brent Strom and Terry Lee.

Arlin was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. He was twice named to the College World Series' All-Tournament Team, having tallied an 0.96 ERA over 47 postseason innings during his time at Ohio State.