Former MLB manager and six-time All-Star Jim Fregosi has passed away at the age of 71. As USA TODAY Sports report on Feb. 14, Fregosi died Friday morning from complications of a stroke. The news was confirmed by his son Jim Fregosi Jr.
Fregosi was taken off of life support on Thursday afternoon after suffering from two strokes last weekend while on vacation.
During his 18-year major league career as a player, Fregosi was a six-time All-Star shortstop who retired at the age of 36. His dominance at the position during his time fielded him with Hall of Fame consideration. He was known for his heart and a personality that lifted those around him. Those attributes made the transition to manager easy for Fregosi.
As a manager he spent over 15 seasons managing the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays. His best year as a manager came in 1993 as he led the Phillies to a World Series appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays. The team eventually lost in six games.
Ironically the Blue Jays were the last team he managed in 2000 before making the transition into the front office and taking on scouting roles.
Jim Fregosi was just 19 years old when he began his professional baseball career. He was a .265 career hitter and was one of the first shortshops to display power at the position as he hit 22 home runs with 82 RBIs during one of his best years.
He leaves this world as a beloved family man, friend, teammate and manager, but the footprint he leaves in the game of baseball will be alive forever.
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