Fregosi, who was 71, played 18 seasons for the Angels, Mets, Rangers, and Pirates. He then managed for 15 seasons for the Angels, White Sox, Phillies, and Blue Jays, compiling a record of 1,082-1,094. He was a six-time all star for the Angels before being traded to the Mets as part of the the infamous Nolan Ryan deal. He was then pushed into a position with which he wasn’t familiar and didn’t particularly like and was traded after just 146 games with New York.
I always feel sorry for guys like this. It wasn’t his fault the Mets didn’t get anywhere near equal value.
You ever wonder what your obituary might say? Would it be for some you did actively, or passively, as in the his headline: “Jim Fregosi, All-Star, Dies at 71; Angel Was Traded for Nolan Ryan.”
Will Bill Buckner’s note on top the error he made in the 1986 World Series? How sad.