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Former Braves assistant Jim Fergosi dies

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Jim 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 in Miami, where he was hospitalized after the apparent stroke while on a cruise with baseball alumni.

The Braves released a statement on Friday morning: 

"We have lost a dear friend and a wonderful baseball man. The Atlanta Braves will truly miss Jim and we send our deepest condolences to his wife Joni, his entire family and all of his many friends throughout baseball."

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

Fregosi managed the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant and the 1979 California Angels to their first American League Western Division title. He also managed the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

He was a six-time All-Star shortstop with the Angels, who retired his No. 11 in 1988.

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