We Remember the Life and Times of Former Phillies Manager Jim Fregosi
The baseball world was hit with sad news this morning as Jim Fregosi passed away at the age of 71.
Fregosi and his time in MLB started at the young age of 18 where he was a young SS with the California Angels organization.
Fregosi is remembered in Phillies lure for guiding the 1993 team to the World Series only losing to the Blue Jays in six games.
Fregosi was fired some seasons later and went on to mange the Blue Jays in 1999.
Fregosi was on a baseball alumni cruise in the Caribbean where he suffered a stroke and was airlifted to a near by hospital. Days later it was reported that he was taken off life support and passed away hours later.
The Phillies and David Montgomery released a statement on Fregosi:
“Everyone in the Phillies organization is deeply saddened about the news of Jim’s passing. We, and so many others in the game, have lost a dear friend. He’ll be remembered for his vibrant personality, wisdom and love of the game. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his widow, Joni, daughters Nikki, Lexy and Jennifer and sons Robert and Jim.”
Today on 'The Sportsbash' we remembered Fregosi in three different ways:
Tim Mead, VP of Communications, has known Fregosi for 35 years and came on air to share his California times with Fregosi.
Probably the most popular Phillies player on that 1993 team is John Kruk. Now with ESPN, Kruk came on air to give us a firsthand take of what type of manager Fregosi was and how he was able to guide that band of 'misfits' all the way to the World Series in 1993.
Got a chance to talk with Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz as Fregosi was a scout and special assistant to the Braves for the last 13 years. In fact, Fregosi was supposed to report to Orlando Spring Training in four days for meetings and scouting purposes to begin the 2014 season.
A sad day in all, Jim Fregosi died too soon.
Our prayers are with all families impacted by the passing of Jim Fregosi..