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Jim Fregosi, 71, All-Star shortstop and gregarious manager

Mr. Fregosi (right) had a fiery style. After an 18-year playing career, he managed parts of 15 seasons in the majors.
Mr. Fregosi (right) had a fiery style. After an 18-year playing career, he managed parts of 15 seasons in the majors.Ryan Remiorz/Associated Press/file 2000

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Atlanta Braves special assistant Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star shortstop and manager known for his gregarious personality and baseball acumen, died early Friday in a Miami hospital after suffering multiple strokes four days earlier.

Fregosi, 71, was taken off life support night and sedated Thursday at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was flown to Miami from Grand Cayman on Wednesday, after falling ill Sunday during a major league baseball alumni cruise from the Cayman Islands. Doctors had kept him in a Grand Cayman hospital for a few days to stabilize his condition.

Fregosi died at 2:36 a.m. Friday with his family by his side, son, Jim Fregosi Jr., told MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby.

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