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Jim Fregosi said to be in critical condition

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former Angels player and manager Jim Fregosi was reportedly in critical condition after he was taken off life support at a Miami hospital Thursday. Fregosi had suffered a series of strokes while on a Caribbean cruise earlier this week.

Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed only that Fregosi had been transported from the Cayman Islands to Miami after he suffered a stroke while on the cruise.

Fregosi, 71, played for the Angels from 1961-71, earning six trips to the All-Star Game. He also managed the Angels from 1978-81, compiling a 237-248 record and leading them to their first AL West title in 1979.

The Angels retired his No. 11 in 1998.

Fregosi, who reached the majors at age 19, was the everyday shortstop throughout his career in Anaheim. The Angels traded him to the New York Mets after the 1971 season in a deal that brought them Nolan Ryan. Fregosi's 18-year career also included stops with the Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

He also managed the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, taking the Phillies to the World Series in 1993.

Fregosi has worked as a special assistant to the general manager of the Atlanta Braves for the past 13 years.

A spokeswoman for MSC Cruises told The Associated Press that Fregosi became ill Tuesday as the MSC Divina was headed from Grand Cayman to Mexico. The ship returned to Grand Cayman and Fregosi was later taken to a hospital in Florida.

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