One of the first Angels to play in Anaheim and eventually manage the Angels, Jim Fregosi will watch Angels play forever. Fregosi died this week after being removed from life support following a series of strokes suffered during a cruise. He was 71.
ESPN reports: “The six-time All-Star shortstop made his major league debut at 19 for the Angels. He played 18 seasons for the Angels, Mets, Rangers and Pirates. For his career, he had a .265 batting average with 151 home runs and 706 RBIs.
The Angels, who retired Fregosi’s No. 11 in 1988, said in a statement that he was a personal favorite of late owner Gene Autry. Fregosi made his major league managerial debut for the Angels at age 36.
“His contributions and passion for the Angels, both as a player and manager, have served as the standard for others within our organization through the years,” the Angels said.
“Jim’s induction into the Angels Hall of Fame and the retiring of his uniform No. 11, were among the prouder moments in club history. His personality was infectious, his love of the game legendary, and his knowledge endless.”
Fregosi left the Angels in a 1971 trade with the Mets that sent Nolan Ryan to California.”
Now you won’t find a peep about this on the KeeptheLosAngelesAngelsofAnaheim Facebook page because the folks over they don’t really care about Angels baseball, only the state of stadium negotiations. There hasn’t been a new post in nearly three weeks and they picked up three new likes in the past week to make it to 1,353 total. Pitchers and catchers are about to report, but you wouldn’t know it from this site.
Meanwhile, over at the Keep The Angels Facebook page, the Fregosi passing is the lead story and the likes are a lot higher. They are up to 32,903. So eliminate 30,000 of those likes and its still more than twice the fake fan page.
So RIP Fake Angels fan page. Might as well pull it down for all the effectiveness it’s had.
Friends who keep saying there’s no place else for the Angels to go ought to be keeping their eyes on St. Louis and see what happens in that city’s renegotiations with the Rams in lieu of an eye-popping purchase of a stadium-sized lot in Ingelwood. St. Louis has been playing hardball with the Rams and the property purchase just might signal a return of the Rams from the Midwest (the team has moved twice before; does anyone know the first city the Rams called home? Comment below).
I look forward to hearing Arte Moreno chime in on the state of stadium negotiations. Meanwhile, on the other side of the 57 freeway, the Anaheim Ducks are the hottest team in hockey. Buy some tickets. They are amazing.