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The Sports Xchange, Published February 14 2014

Former MLB skipper Jim Fregosi dies at 71

Former major league manager Jim Fregosi died Friday morning from complications due to multiple strokes. He was 71.

Fregosi spent 53 seasons in professional baseball, including managing at the major-league level for 15 years. He managed the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays as part of his long career. He compiled a 1,028-1,094 record over that span.

His oldest son, Jim Fregosi Jr., told MLB.com that his father died at 2:36 a.m. and "went in peace with no pain."

Fregosi guided the Phillies to the National League pennant in 1993 with a 97-65 record.

Fregosi also managed the Angels to the American League West championship in 1979 after going 88-74.

As a player, Fregosi was a six-time All-Star at shortstop in 18 seasons with the Angels, New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates. He had a .265 batting average with 151 home runs and 706 RBIs over his career. His No. 11 jersey was retired by the Angels in 1988.

Fregosi spent the past 13 seasons with the Braves, most recently as a special assistant to general manager Frank Wren.