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Former MLB manager Jim Frey dies at 88

April 14 2020 7:11 PM

Jim Frey, who led the 1980 Kansas City Royals to the World Series in his first year as a Major League Baseball manager, died on Sunday at the age of 88. 

Former American League Cy Young Award winner Sparky Lyle, who was managed by Frey in the Baltimore Orioles organisation, issued a statement on Tuesday saying: "Jim was a great baseball mind and the person who gave me my first chance in the game. 

"He saw the opportunity for me to be a relief pitcher back then and set me on that path. We remained good friends all this time. It's very sad to hear of his passing." 

Frey was a scout and manager in the Orioles' minor league system before joining Baltimore's major league staff in 1970 and then being hired as manager of the Royals following the 1979 season. 

The Royals went 97-65 under Frey in 1980 and reached the World Series for the first time in franchise history before losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. 

Kansas City fired Frey late in the 1981 strike-shortened season, and he joined the New York Mets organisation before being named manager of the Chicago Cubs. 

In his first season with the Cubs in 1984, Chicago went 96-65 to win the National League East Division title and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1945. 

Chicago fired Frey during the 1986 season and he never managed again in the majors, finishing his career with a 323-287 record. 

Frey became a radio broadcaster for the Cubs in 1987 before being hired as the team's general manager and building the team that won the NL East title in 1989.  

Frey was Chicago's GM through the 1991 season. 

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