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Former Pirates Shortstop Jim Fregosi Dies At Age 71

February 14, 2014

Former Major League shortstop and pennant-winning baseball manager Jim Fregosi has died following complications from a series of strokes.

Fregosi was 71.  His 18-year playing career had included a stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he played mostly third base in 1977 and 1978.

Fregosi also played for the Angels, the Mets and the Rangers.  He was a six-time All-Star, and finished with a .265 career batting average, 151 home runs and 706 RBI’s.

Fregosi managed the 1979 Angels (88-74) to first place in the American League West.  He later led the 1993 Phillies (97-65) to the National League championship.

Fregosi suffered a stroke Tuesday while on a Major League Baseball alumni cruise between Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.  Upon the ship’s return to Grand Cayman, Fregosi was transported to a hospital in Miami, and was in a medically-induced coma until he was removed from a life-support system on Thursday.

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