Former MLB player, manager Fregosi suffers stroke

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Updated: 2/13 10:18 pm

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jim Fregosi, who carved out a career in baseball spanning more than five decades, and most recently served as a scout for the Atlanta Braves, suffered an apparent stroke.

Fregosi suffered the stroke while on a cruise ship with other MLB alumni in the Atlantic Ocean earlier in the week, and had to be airlifted off the boat and transported to a hospital in the Cayman Islands, according to multiple reports.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported earlier Thursday that Fregosi was moved to a Miami a day earlier to continue treatment. However, things took a turn for the worse, and after several more strokes, Fregosi was reportedly taken off life support Thursday night.

A native of San Francisco, Fregosi was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox in 1960, but made his major-league debut for the expansion Los Angeles Angels the following season.

Over an 18-year career, he hit .265 and collected 151 home runs, 264 doubles and 706 RBI in 1,902 games for the Angels, Mets, Rangers and Pirates. Fregosi was notably shipped from southern California to Queens for Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan in the 1971 offseason.

The six-time All-Star moved into the dugout in 1978, and racked up more than 2,000 games as manager for the Angels (1978-81), White Sox (1986-88), Phillies (1991-96) and Blue Jays (1999-2000).

Fregosi won division titles in 1979 with California and 1993 with Philadelphia, reaching the World Series for the only time with the Phils in a six-game loss to Toronto.

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