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Jim Fregosi suffers a stroke

Feb 13, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

Portrait of California Angels' Jim Fregosi

Awful news about a former major league player and manager. Jim Fregosi suffered a stroke during a Major League Baseball alumni cruise near the Cayman Islands. It happened last weekend, he was stabilized and flown to Miami where he’s in the hospital now. As of this morning we could find no definitive word on his condition, but he is said to be “in recovery.”

Fregosi was an expansion-draft selection of the Los Angeles Angels in 1960 and became that team’s first star. He was a six-time All-Star as a shortstop over the course of his 18-year career, playing for the Angels, New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates. He finished his career with a line of .265/.338/.398. In the low-offensive era in which he played, that worked out to a 113 OPS+ which is excellent for a shortstop.

Fregosi’s managing career had him at the helm of the Angels, White Sox, Phillies and Blue Jays. Overall he was 1028-1094 with an AL West title in 1979 and an NL Pennant with Philly in 1993.  For the past 13 years he has been an assistant to the general manager for the Atlanta Braves.

Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for one of the game’s most respected elder statesmen.

  1. Charles Gates - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    My first glove was one my father used when he was young with a Jim Fregosi signature across the palm. Best wishes to him and his family.

  2. ajcrawford27 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Best wishes to Jim Fregosi and his family. The first Angel hero; he gave the team credibility and was much appreciated. Godspeed for full recovery and return to the game.

  3. raysfan1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Best wishes for a full recovery to him.

    • cur'68 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Agreed. At least these days, with prompt treatment, its no where near as grim an outlook as it used to be. Strokes are treated as emergency events, with a time limit for TPA and heparin. The treatments, if prompt, are effective. Good luck to him. He’s in Miami, where stroke care is excellent so there is hope for a full recovery.

      • raysfan1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        The first 24 hours is the most dangerous, so he’s at least cleared that bar. If he lives in Atlanta, two of the very best stroke rehab centers are in Atlanta. Fingers crossed for him.

  4. rjmarrella - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Great man. Met him a few times and he is a blast to speak with. Beloved in philly. Speedy recovery, Jim.

    • Old Gator - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Always came to the rail to kibbitz good naturedly with us when he played at Shea. I wish him all the best and hope for a good recovery. Hang in there, Jim.

    • drs76109 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Very well regarded in Philadelphia. He’ll be welcomed back gladly when he’s able to come.

  5. cohnjusack - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Jim looked Hall of Fame bound before his career dramatically dropped off at age 28. He’d already amassed 45 WAR by age 28, made 6 All-Star teams and was the best shortstop in the game during his prime.

    Due to playing a position where offense is scarce in an era when offense was scarce, he’s been criminally underrated.

    Here’s to hoping he recovers.

    • bankboy2012 - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Unfortunately being labeled as the bad end of what always gets listed as one of the worst trades in history does that to you whether you deserve it or not. I think had Nolan Ryan not decided to become NOLAN RYAN after that trade people would look at his career with a little more appreciation.

      I do hope he’s able to recover as fully as he can.

  6. RonKarate - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    “If I ever decided to do a book, I’ve already got the title-The Bases Were Loaded and So Was I”-Jim Fregosi

    Great title. I’m still waiting for that book, Jimmy. Get well very soon.

  7. gibbskins9 - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    God Speed, wishing you and your family the best

  8. stlouis1baseball - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Get well Jim.

  9. bigyankeemike - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Buster Olney just re-tweeted Gerry Fraley from Dallas Morning News that Jim Fregosi died.

  10. bigyankeemike - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Just realized that this is the second baseball alumni to die while one of those Baseball Alumni cruises. Earl Weaver died of a heart attack on the same ship.

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