Update February 14th 10:11 A.M. EST: Per media reports, Fregosi passed away this morning.
We mourn the passing of former All-Star and manager Jim Fregosi, who died today at the age of 71. http://t.co/FaWJ2nbMGB
— MLB (@MLB) February 14, 2014
On behalf of everyone at Section 215, I’d like to take this type to say our thoughts and prayers are still with Jim, given the amazing life that he lived, and his family, as they mourn him through this tough time.
As pitchers and catchers began to filter into Brighthouse Networks Field over the past few days, the thought of spring—and the signing of A.J. Burnett—actually got some fans across the Deleware Valley excited for the Phillies 2014 campaign to get going. The goal of first-year manager Ryne Sandberg, and all managers across the MLB, is to try to lead their team to the World Series—regardless of what the odds that they actually do that are.
While the Phillies don’t exactly open up as favorites to even make it to the playoffs, they certainly have a more talented roster than the upstart 1993 team, that shocked the world by winning the National League pennant. Sandberg will look to try to get his team to emulate that in his first season at the helm, but the man who managed the Phils’ to that 1993 World Series, appears to be on his deathbed.
Again, many apologies to Jim Fregosi’s family. To reiterate: Jim was taken off life support in Miami hospital after suffering stroke.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) February 14, 2014
This clarified an earlier tweet that DiGiovanna put out, where he misreported that Fregosi had indeed passed away. It appears like it is a matter of time before Fregosi does pass away, but he hasn’t yet.
MLB Network’s Track Ringolsby says that Fregosi suffered multiple strokes on an MLB alumni cruise last weekend.
Fregosi suffered multiple strokes on a MLB Players Alumni cruise last weekend. He was in Cayman Islands. Flown to Miami last night. (more)
— Tracy Ringolsby (@TracyRingolsby) February 14, 2014
Fregosi managed the Philleis from 1991 through his firing in 1996, posting a record of 431 and 463. Fregosi likely would have been brought back as the Phillies manager in 2004, had the job not gone to Charlie Manuel.
On behalf of the entire Section 215 and Fansided family, our thoughts and prayers are with Fregosi and his family in this challenging time.