It has been announced that former Major League Baseball (MLB) manager Jim Fregosi has passed away. His death was reportedly due to a stroke he recently had.
Mr. Fregosi was both a player and a manager. As a player, he played for the Los Angles/California Angels, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. His normal position was at shortstop. He made his debut in late 1961, and retired as a player during the 1978 season.
As a player, Mr. Fregosi had a .265 career batting average, 151 homeruns, and 706 RBI. He was also a six time All-Star (1964, 1966-1970) and a Gold Glover winner (1967.) He hit for the cycle in 1964 as a member of the Angels.
As a manager Mr. Fregosi was the manger for the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto Blue Jays. With a few gaps, he was a manager for the majority of 22 years from 1978-2000. He would lead the Angels to a division title in 1979. His Phillies would win the National League (NL) Pennant in 1993, losing the World Series to the team he would eventually manage, the Blue Jays.
In his career as a manager, Mr. Fregosi had a career record of 1,028 wins versus 1,094 losses. During the 1998 season, Mr. Fregosi’s #11 was retired by the Angels.