Jim Fregosi Dies; Former MLB Manager Was 71

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Jim Fregosi, a former Major League Baseball manager to spent 53 years in the business died today following complications from a stroke.

He was 71 years old.

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Jim Fregosi Jr., the oldest son of the late All-Star, told MLB.com that his dad passed away at 2:36 a.m. and "went in peace with no pain."

Fregosi managed 15 years with the Angels, White Sox, Phillies and Blue Jays. He compiled a 1,028-1,094 record over that time and led the 1993 Phillies to the World Series.

"Everyone in the Phillies organization is deeply saddened about the news of Jim's passing. We, and so many others in the game, have lost a dear friend," Philadelphia President David Montgomery said in a statement. "He'll be remembered for his vibrant personality, wisdom and love of the game."

Fregosi was also a six-time All-Star during his playing days, during which he batted .265 overall and his 151 home runs.

The Angels, retired Fregosi's number- 11 in 1988 and released a statement of their own that reads:

"His contributions and passion for the Angels, both as a player and manager, have served as the standard for others within our organization through the years.

"Jim's induction into the Angels Hall of Fame and the retiring of his uniform No. 11, were among the prouder moments in club history. His personality was infectious, his love of the game legendary, and his knowledge endless."

Fregosi suffered a stroke aboard a MLB alumni cruise recently and was taken off life support last night. We send our condolences to his loved ones.

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You don't even have to look outside of the stats. Career wins above rmpnaceeelt (baseball reference's version) with the Mets:Garrett 13.2Franco 12.8So there's that. In addition, Garrett did his work over eight seasons, while Franco had fourteen. Garrett was more valuable season to season, and had a better peak. For example, if you just take each player's three best seasons:Garrett 9.5 winsFranco 5.4 winsMost of John Franco's seasons are made up of 60 or so innings and a good but not great ERA. Basically, the argument is that relievers just aren't that valuable. They're like kickers in the NFL you do want to have a good one, because they do help you win close games, but you need to make sure the games are close first. Kickers and closers are icing on the cake for good teams. A good third baseman helps you win more games than a good closer, which is why Garrett is ahead of Franco.