Many in the baseball world were saddened by the news of Jim Fregosi passing away early Friday morning, including St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny–who played under Fregosi during the 1999 season in Toronto.
“Every manager I ever had and every coach I’ve ever had made an impact,” said Matheny. “Sorry to hear that news and my condolences go out to his family.”
A six-time All-Star, Fregosi played 19 seasons (Angels, Mets, Rangers and Pirates) in the big leagues and amassed a .265 batting average, 151 HRs, and 706 RBIs.
Prior to managing two seasons in Toronto, Fregosi also was at the helm of the California Angels four seasons, the Chicago White Sox for three, and the Philadelphia Phillies for six–including 1993’s National League Championship team.
He managed three seasons in Louisville for the Cardinals Triple-A affiliate.
In addition, Fregosi held a variety of off-the-field roles as a scout and special assistant for the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants.
Fregosi, 71, was taken off life support Thursday after suffering multiple strokes during an MLB alumni crusie earlier this month in the Cayman Islands.