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Jim Frey (1931–2020), former Cubs and Royals manager

by Kirk Fox

Jim Frey was the former manager of the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals.  

  • Died: Sunday, April 12, 2020. (Who else died on April 12?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 88.   
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Major League Baseball Career 

Frey was a long-time minor league baseball player who began his coaching career with the Baltimore Orioles. He took over as manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1980 and led them to their first World Series appearance where they lost to Philadelphia. He was fired by the team in the middle of the 1981 season. The Cubs hired him in 1984 and he led them to the NL East title but they lost the NL Championship to the San Diego Padres in disappointing fashion after winning the first two games. He was fired during the 1986 season but was hired a few years later as the Cubs general manager.  

Frey helped Ryne Sandberg become a power hitter 

Sandberg recalled to the Chicago Tribune that during spring training in 1984, Frey said, “Don’t you think you can hit the ball out of the park now and then?” Frey created some drills for Sandberg to work on power hitting and the star second baseman more than doubled his home run total.  


What they said about him

Full Obituary: Chicago Tribune

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