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June 24, 1993 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
Without Jim Fregosi, Sparky Anderson said the other night, the Phillies probably still would be in first place in the National League East. Players make managers, Anderson said. But without Fregosi, the Detroit Tigers' skipper also said, the 1993 Phillies would not be the 1993 Phillies. Fregosi and Phillies general manager Lee Thomas, whose team's 50-21 record is the best in baseball, yesterday were rewarded with new contracts. "That manager is the perfect guy for that club," Anderson said before a game in Baltimore.
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July 7, 1991 | By Dick Polman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Jim Fregosi, chief hospital administrator, the '91 season starts anew on Thursday night. He's tired of answering questions about injuries. He's tired of talking about "rehabilitation assignments. " He's tired of saying "we'll know more tomorrow," when tomorrow might not provide any answers. And he's not wild about losing, either - 38 of 67 games, entering last night, during his stint as the Phillies' manager. In essence, he wants all his players back. Eight are still consigned to the disabled list; at least three probably will be activated by midmonth.
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April 24, 1991 | By Dick Polman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Jim Fregosi era was launched last night in Philadelphia - not with a bang, but with a whimper. The bats fell silent again. The opposition scored two runs, enough to win, 2-1. Both Mets runs were the product of - take a wild guess - bases on balls. The Phils have now lost 10 of their first 14 games. Most of the losses have been long, bruising, nightmarish affairs filled with all manner of pratfalls. Not so last night. Playing New York in the first game of a 12-day homestand, the Phils reverted to the behavior they twice exhibited while playing the Mets in the season-opening set at Shea Stadium: losing by a run. Fregosi donned his uniform yesterday with the intention of fostering a positive attitude, and positive things did happen in the game: Starter Jason Grimsley, a late substitution for flu-ridden Pat Combs, threw only one wild pitch, hit only one batter and walked only six Mets in his six innings of work.
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December 12, 1995 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Jim Fregosi doesn't have any illusions left, it's easy to understand why. In his last three seasons as Phillies manager, Fregosi has witnessed an improbable pennant drive, a season-ending strike, the surreal invasion of spring training camps by replacement players, and the unreal series of injuries that mowed down his regulars last season. So at a time when every team in baseball is undefeated and capable of winning it all in 1996 (if everything goes just right, that is)
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July 8, 1993 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
All the other nameplates above lockers in the Phillies' clubhouse are neatly engraved plastic strips. Shortstop Kevin Stocker's was a piece of tape with his name hand-lettered on it. Ditto for the board where the starting lineups are posted. That was lingering evidence of how sudden the decision was to purchase the 23-year-old's contract from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and anoint him the regular shortstop in the middle of the Phillies' pennant chase. How sudden? It turns out that general manager Lee Thomas made up his mind only in the late innings of Tuesday night's 7-5 loss to the Dodgers after watching two grounders roll past Kim Batiste and into centerfield for hits in the fifth.
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March 10, 1992 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies plan to rest Dale Murphy for 25 or 30 games this season. They hadn't planned on him resting so much this spring, though. Murphy has missed three of the Phils' four exhibition games, the last two with a sore right knee. He had fluid drained from the aching joint on Saturday, and yesterday, said it felt much better. "I've had this problem for about 20 years," Murphy said. "But actually this is only the second time I've had to have it drained. The first time was in 1979, and it responded well.
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September 24, 1992 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the flight from Montreal late Tuesday night, Jose DeLeon's aching right knee swelled like a Philadelphia reliever's ERA. DeLeon left Olympic Stadium on crutches but could barely manage that when the plane arrived in Philadelphia. In other words, it was no surprise when the Phils announced last night that DeLeon would miss the remainder of the season. "He has a stretching of the posterior cruciate ligament," said Phils physician Phillip Marone. "He will not need surgery.
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May 31, 1996 | by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
Gregg Jefferies, who has been on the disabled list since tearing ligaments in his left thumb in early April, began a rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre last night. Jefferies was 0-for-4 with four groundouts against Toledo. Jefferies is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list Thursday. Whether he does will depend on how the thumb feels during his rehab assignment. OTERO IMPRESSES SKIPPER Jim Fregosi had never seen centerfielder Ricky Otero play before his callup this week.
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April 12, 1992 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Jim Fregosi went to his bullpen last year, his choices were simple: the Wild Thing or a wild guess. Mitch Williams gave the Phils' manager heartburn, but saves as well. With the rest of his relievers, Fregosi usually had to settle for indigestion alone. Barry Jones promises to make 1992 much easier for Fregosi. Last night against Pittsburgh, Jones threw two scoreless innings to set things up for a shaky Williams as the Phils' offense and the Pirates' defense helped rookie starter Andy Ashby to a 7-4 win before 24,967 iced fans at the Vet. "Lots of guys would have wanted to pitch that ninth so they could get a save," said Fregosi.
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March 24, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Maybe Jim Fregosi really liked what he saw in the Phillies' 8-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians yesterday. Maybe those Killer Loop sunglasses the manager favors have a slightly rosy tint. Or maybe, with the regular season drawing near, Fregosi wanted to send as many positive messages to his players as possible. Especially those players whose confidence might not be at an all-time high. Take Kevin Stocker, who committed his eighth error in 18 exhibition games and went 0 for 4 to drop his batting average to .140.
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March 7, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - That's the part of golf you have to enjoy, Dave Cash was saying. Every bad shot brings a chance to make up for it, to hit one better than was previously possible. Sitting next to him was Robert Person, finishing off a paper plate of food. "You guys weren't even born when I started playing," Cash said. The former second baseman laughed. It was 1969 when he broke icnto the big leagues. Sept. 13, Forbes Field, 10,440 Pittsburghers in the stands. He was 21 years old. Person was born 3 weeks later in Lowell, Mass.
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March 7, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Behind the backstop, the baseball lifers gathered; the scouts and crosscheckers from nearly two dozen major-league organizations, more than normal for an average midweek exhibition game between the Phillies and the Braves. On the aisle in row 8, section 111, amid all the stopwatches and radar guns and notebooks that recorded the rising and falling fortunes of veterans and prospects, a wide-brimmed straw hat had been placed on the empty seat. Jim Fregosi should have been sitting there.
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February 16, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
SOMETIMES, the marriage between a man and his times is perfect. It is what you think about when you think about Jim Fregosi and the 1993 Phillies - about a team that lived up to its hard-living/hard-playing/hard-staring caricature, and about a manager who manipulated them into champions. On the day he died, following a series of strokes suffered while on an MLB alumni cruise in the Caribbean, the tributes to Fregosi were as numerous as they were heartfelt. Player, coach, manager, scout - Fregosi lived baseball and he loved baseball, and especially baseball people.
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February 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In 1992, Jim Fregosi's second year as manager, the Phillies lost 92 games. Only two teams in baseball had more losses. Expectations, of course, were not high in 1993. No one outside the Phillies clubhouse believed the team would be any different from how they were in 1992. Consider the forecast in Sports Illustrated's "Baseball Preview" issue that spring. That last two words are still etched in the brain of least one teenage baseball fan-turned-sports writer more than 2 decades later: "Philadelphia's offseason acquisitions - pitcher Danny Jackson, rightfielder Pete Incaviglia- were not only insufficient; they were also infinitesimal.
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February 16, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The bad times far outweighed the good during Jim Fregosi's managerial tenure with the Phillies, and even then he was able to make you believe he was the smartest man in the room. He had weaknesses, but he still made you think he was as strong as his opinions. His ego was so immense that it became one of his nicknames – "Ego" instead of "Frego" - and still, he was a human magnet. Fregosi, 71, died Friday morning in a Miami hospital after suffering multiple strokes Sunday during a Caribbean cruise.
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February 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Fregosi, 71, a baseball lifer who guided an eccentric Phillies team from last place to National League champions in 1993 and parlayed an all-star playing career into four managerial jobs and an influential scouting position, died Friday morning. Mr. Fregosi suffered multiple strokes last week during a Major League Baseball alumni cruise and was airlifted from the Cayman Islands to a Miami hospital, where he was taken off life support Thursday. "He had that special gift as a manager that made you want to get to the field and play your [butt]
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February 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Update: Former Phillies manager Jim Fregosi died Friday morning after being removed from life support Thursday, according to MLB.com. Fregosi, who led the team to the National League pennant in 1993, suffered a severe stroke earlier this week during a Caribbean cruise. "He passed away at 2:36 a.m. [ET]," his son, Jim Fregosi Jr., told the site. "Went in peace with no pain. " CLEARWATER, Fla. - The news, no matter who you asked Thursday at Bright House Field, was not good.
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April 8, 2013
It has been 20 years since Daulton, Dykstra, Kruk, Hollins, Mitchy-Poo, and Schilling captivated the city with an improbable worst-to-first run that did not end until Toronto's Joe Carter launched a World Series-ending home run into the left-field seats at the SkyDome. Throughout this season, The Inquirer will profile one of the cast of characters from that unforgettable team. This week's profile: Jim Fregosi. Age: 71. Current job: In his 13th season as special assistant to the general manager with the Atlanta Braves.
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October 1, 2009
W HEN I'M KING of the World . . . Permission to exhale will be granted when the magic number reaches one . . . However, gallows humor will be banned once the lead of a first-place team is shrinking more rapidly than the magic number . . . Heard this gallows-humor classic on the grapevine after Monday night's prairie-flat effort against the Astros and Yorman Bazardo, not to be confused with Antonio Bastardo, a legitimate prospect. Anyway, a beat writer and a Phils broadcaster were waiting for the elevator after the debacle.
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April 2, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's no way to accurately predict how a team will perform going into a season. But coming out of spring training in 1993, manager Jim Fregosi believed his Phillies were on the verge of something big. It didn't matter that the club had finished last in the National League East, winning just 70 games, the year before. "I just thought we had a special feel," Fregosi recalled recently. Fregosi's intuition proved correct. A scruffy band of Phillies who played hard on and off the field came out of the chute with a 36-15 start that left them eight games up on the competition in early June.
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