Former Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi remembered as colourful character

Former Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi congratulates Billy Koch. Fregosi died on Feb. 14. (Reuters...

Former Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi congratulates Billy Koch. Fregosi died on Feb. 14. (Reuters file)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:02 PM ET

He was a baseball lifer, an all-star shortstop, a manager and scout.

And he was so much more.

More than anything, Jim Fregosi was a guy you liked to spend time with.

"You could be on the road seven straight days, walk into a park dragging, see him and everything was OK, suddenly it was like opening day, he was a breath of fresh air ... " and then the scout's voice could not speak anymore.

He had cried at news his friend would be taken off life support.

Fregosi, 71, died at 2:36 a.m. Friday morning in Miami less than a week after suffering multiple strokes during a major league baseball alumni cruise two hours from the Cayman Islands.

Jim Fregosi, who managed the Blue Jays, in 1999 and 2000, made us all laugh.

And at varying times during the past few days, people in baseball were crying as news on the popular, larger-than-life Fregosi went from bad to worse.


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