Former Mets GM Frank Cashen has passed away at the age of 88.
Cashen was the general manager of the Mets from 1980 to 1990, and also served as interim GM for a brief stint in 1998. He was responsible for putting together the 1986 World Series champions.
Frank was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2010.
“On behalf of all of us at the Mets, we extend our deepest condolences to Jean Cashen and her entire family,” Mets Chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon said in a statement. “Frank Cashen revitalized our franchise when he took over in 1980 as General Manager and helped engineer us to a World Championship in 1986. I dealt with Frank on a daily basis and he was a man of integrity and great passion. No one had a more diverse career than Frank. He was also a lawyer, sports writer and marketing executive. His accomplishments will always be an integral part of our team history.”
Tim Teufel, Mets third base coach and former Mets infielder:
“He was a great architect for the championship Mets of the ‘80s. He had a great mind for the game. Above all, he was a decent, decent man and I enjoyed playing for him.”
Wally Backman, manager of the Las Vegas 51s and former Mets infielder:
“I had dinner with Frank every spring ever since I came back with the Mets. He was a great baseball man. I liked to bounce ideas off of him. He was one of a kind.”
Darryl Strawberry, former Mets outfielder:
“Frank was our leader. I always admired the way he put together our team. He mixed young guys, like me and Doc, with guys like (Gary) Carter and (Keith) Hernandez. He was able to find the perfect blend to build a championship.”
Dwight Gooden, former Mets pitcher:
“Frank was willing to take a chance and jump me from A-ball to the majors. That always meant a lot to me. Also, he helped get me my No. 16. Lee Mazzilli had it before and Frank went to bat for me and said, ‘If that’s the number Doc wants, let him have it.’” (Gooden originally was assigned No. 35)
Bobby Ojeda, former Mets pitcher and SNY commentator:
“He was by far the smartest baseball man I’ve ever been in contact with. What the players loved about him was he cared more about you as a person than what you did on the baseball field.”
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He also served as chief operating officer and consultant for the organization after stepping down as GM.
Cashen also worked as the GM and president of the Baltimore Orioles during his long baseball career.