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Former manager Jim Fregosi dead after multiple strokes

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Fregosi was the White Sox manager from 1986 to 1988.

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

While on an MLB alumni cruise, former White Sox manager Jim Fregosi suffered multiple strokes. The cruise ship docked in the Cayman Islands where Fregosi was stabilized by the doctors and flown to Miami Wednesday.

While Twitter is blowing up with rumors of his current condition, I'm OK with not speculating at this time. Here's the official statement of his condition.

Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star shortstop who spent 53 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and scout, was taken off life support and placed under sedation at a Miami hospital on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the family.

Fregosi became the White Sox manager part way through the 1986 season after Tony La Russa was fired. During his tenure, the White Sox finished in fifth place in the AL West all three seasons. After the 1988 season, he was not offered a contract and was replaced with Jeff Torborg.

Update: Fregosi has now passed. Former White Sox beat writer Mark Gonzalez has a nice story of him this morning. Thanks to joewho112 for the link to the story.