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Tribute to Jim Fregosi set for Wednesday
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CLEARWATER, Fla. –- Usually rivals in the National League East, the Phillies and Atlanta Braves will unite to honor the memory of Jim Fregosi before the teams play each other in a spring training game at Bright House Field at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Fregosi died Feb. 14 after suffering a stroke. He was 71.

The native Californian spent more than a half-century in baseball as an all-star shortstop, manager, scout, executive and friend to many. He managed the Phillies from 1991 to 1996. His National League pennant-winning 1993 team remains beloved in Philadelphia.

Fregosi played for the Angels, Rangers, Mets and Pirates. He managed the Angels, White Sox, Phillies and Blue Jays. He worked in the front office for the Giants and spent the last decade as a high-ranking scout and executive for the Braves.

Though Fregosi had not worked for the Phillies since 1996, he remained close to many people in organization and his death hit them hard. He lived in the Clearwater area and was a fixture in the scouts’ section at Bright House Field during spring training.

A number of Fregosi’s former teammates, players and scouting friends from all over baseball will be on hand for the pre-game ceremony. Members of Fregosi’s family will also be in attendance. The ceremony and the game will be carried live on the Comcast Network.