Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: Former GM Cashen Dies

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: Former GM Cashen Dies

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Former GM Cashen dies, built Mets into contender

Frank Cashen, the general manager who wore a signature bow tie and fashioned a New York Mets team that rollicked its way to the 1986 World Series championship, died Monday. He was 88 and died at a hospital in Easton, Md., after a short illness, the Mets said.

Cashen was a longtime sports writer in his Baltimore hometown and went to law school before joining the Orioles and eventually becoming their GM. The Orioles won two titles while Cashen worked for them, but it was in New York where he put his stamp on a franchise with the likes of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.

Hired in 1980, Cashen transformed a last-place team into one that battled the Cardinals for National League prominence during the decade. Cashen made the trades that brought star first baseman Keith Hernandez and future Hall of Famer Gary Carter to the Mets, and oversaw the drafting of Gooden and Strawberry.

"Frank was our leader," Strawberry said in a statement. "I always admired the way he put together our team. He mixed young guys, like me and Doc, with guys like Carter and Hernandez. He was able to find the perfect blend to build a championship."

Hernandez is now a broadcaster for the Mets. He was already a star first baseman for the Cardinals when Cashen acquired him in June, 1983 for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.

"He was a man of integrity and honestly, and that was most important. He told you the truth," Hernandez said. "It was a day when the general managers didn't pal around with the players. We hardly ever saw him, but there was a relationship there. He was just a wonderful man."

Pujols was set to play * The Angels were supposed to play Monday in Chicago, but their game against the White Sox was rained out. The extra time off probably is welcome for Albert Pujols, who is dealing with a groin injury but was in the lineup at first base.

"He feels good," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's not really anything that's muscular or anything we're worried about being a pull. It's really just something the way it was described our medical staff, it's more of a lymph node or just a little infection that got a little irritated. …

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