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  • FILE - In this Oct. 9, 1993 file photo, Philadelphia Phillies manger Jim Fregosi watches during batting practice before the start of game 3 of the NLCS in Atlanta. 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/Ed Reinke)

    Former manager, All-Star Jim Fregosi dies at 71

    Jim Fregosi's big league career got off to a real quiet start. His first three at-bats, as a teenager for the expansion Los Angeles Angels, he hit grounders back to perennial Gold Glove pitcher Jim Kaat.

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  • A staggering number of former players advocated that position, including MLB Network's Jim Kaat, who in an open letter to Strasburg wrote: "Good luck with your decision, Stephen. But please remember — it's your career, your arm, your decision. Nobody else's."

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