Sunday, November 23, 2014

Former Blue Jays’ manager dies

ATLANTA—Jim Fregosi, a former all-star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, died today after an apparent stroke.
The Atlanta Braves said they were notified by a family member that the 71-year-old Fregosi died early today in Miami, where he was hospitalized after the apparent stroke while on a cruise with baseball alumni.

Fregosi ended more than 50 years in baseball as a special assistant to Braves’ general manager Frank Wren.
Fregosi managed the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant and the 1979 California Angels to their first American League Western Division title.
He also managed the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.
Phillies’ president David Montgomery said the team and others in baseball “lost a dear friend.”
Fregosi was an infielder in the majors from 1961-78, hitting .265 with 151 homers and 706 RBIs.
His best seasons came with the Angels, where he was six-time all-star as a shortstop.
Fregosi left the Angels in a 1971 trade with the N.Y. Mets that sent Nolan Ryan to California.
He later played for the Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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