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Former manager, All-Star Jim Fregosi dies at 71

FILE - In this Saturday, July 8, 2000, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi, right, argues with home plate umpire Jim Lamplugh during a baseball game against the Montreal Expos in Montreal.  Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, has died after an apparent stroke. He was 71. The Atlanta Braves say they were notified by a family member that died early Friday, Feb. 14, 2014,  in Miami, where he was hospitalized after the apparent stroke while on a cruise with baseball alumni. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, July 8, 2000, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi, right, argues with home plate umpire Jim Lamplugh during a baseball game against the Montreal Expos in Montreal. Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, has died after an apparent stroke. He was 71. The Atlanta Braves say they were notified by a family member that died early Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Miami, where he was hospitalized after the apparent stroke while on a cruise with baseball alumni. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, File)

ATLANTA — Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, died Friday after an apparent stroke. He was 71.

The Atlanta Braves said they were notified by a family member that Fregosi died early Friday in Miami, where he was hospitalized after the apparent stroke while on a cruise with baseball alumni.

Fregosi ended more than 50 years in baseball as a special assistant to Braves general manager Frank Wren.

“Jim played a vital role in our club over the last 13 years,” Wren said Friday. “As a senior adviser he was someone you could always pick up the phone and get a feel for the players in the game. He covered all 30 teams for us and was such a positive, knowledgeable resource. He lit up a room and had just great relationships throughout the game.

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