Elliott: Recalling manager Jim Fregosi

From SABR member Bob Elliott at the Canadian Baseball Network on February 20, 2014:

He was a baseball lifer, an all-star shortstop, a manager and a scout.

And he was so much more.

More than anything, Jim Fregosi was a guy you liked to spend time with.

“You could be on the road seven straight days, walk into a park dragging, see him and everything was OK, suddenly it was like opening day, he was a breath of fresh air …” and then the scout could not speak any more.

He had cried at news his friend would be taken off life support on Friday.

Fregosi, 71, died at 2:36 am Saturday morning in Miami less than a week after suffering multiple strokes during a major league baseball alumni cruise two hours from the Cayman Islands.

Jim Fregosi, who managed the Blue Jays in 1999-2000, made us all laugh.

And at varying times the past few days, people in baseball were crying as news on the popular, larger-than-life Fregosi went from bad to worse.

Read the full article here: http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/articles/recalling-manager-fregosi%E2%80%8F/

Originally published: February 24, 2014. Last Updated: February 24, 2014.