Friday, the MLB world not only lost a former manager, and scout, but a former six-time All-Star Shortstop in Jim Fregosi. He had been part of a MLB Alumni Cruise this past week when he suffered multiple strokes. He was first rushed to a local hospital in the Cayman Islands where he was stabilized by doctors, then was moved to a Miami hospital. His condition took a turn for the worse, and he passed away at 2:36 A.M. He had been working as a Special Assistant for the Atlanta Braves under G.M., Frank Wren and a scout also when he died.
He is remembered, on the south side of Chicago, for replacing Tony Larussa in the middle of the 1986 season. He was let go after compiling a 193-226 record, and finishing in fifth place all three years. He also managed the California Angels from 1978-1981. The Angels was one of the teams he had played for along with the New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1979, the team won the American League Western division, but was ousted in the Championship Series by the Baltimore Orioles. He returned to managing in 1991 with the Philadelphia Phillies, leading them to the 1993 World Series after finishing the 1992 season 26 games out of first place. However, their opponent the Toronto Blue Jays went on to win their second straight World Series title in six games. He was let go by the Phillies after the 1996 season after a couple of mediocre seasons. He ended up as the manager for those same Blue Jays in 1999, after being a special assistant for the San Francisco Giants. He was fired by Toronto after the 2000 season, despite back to back third place finishes.
Fregosi was very popular, on and off the field, throughout his 50 years in the game, and brought a ton of knowledge no matter what job he held. His number, 11, he wore with the Angels as a player, and manager, was the first in club history to be retired. He leaves behind not only his wife, but also three daughters, and two sons.