Former MLB player, manager, executive and scout Jim Fregosi died today of complications of a stroke he sustained last weekend during a MLB Alumni cruise in The Cayman Islands. Fregosi was 71. At the time of his death, Fregosi was the top advance scout for the Atlanta Braves.
Fregosi was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1960, but later that year would be selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the MLB Expansion Draft. He would make his MLB debut with the Angels late in the 1961 season. By 1963, Fregosi was the Angels’ everyday shortstop and would win a Gold Glove for his defensive play in 1967. Between 1964 and 1970, Fregosi was named to the AL All-Star Team six times. Fregosi’s best season was in 1970 when hit .278 with 22 HR and 82 RBI.