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Frank Cashen passes away

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.”

Keith Hernandez spoke to SNY about Cashen >> Watch here

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.




138 comments
Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Only competent GM the Mets ever had. Every other Mets GM pales in comparison

Richard
Richard

Greatest Mets GM ever. RIP Frank

James Corsair Jr.
James Corsair Jr.

it shows how long it has been since mets were relevant. R.I.P. Frank

metjetnet
metjetnet

This current team killed him. They'd best get some decent talent in Queens before the other aging members of the '86 Mets start dropping, too! 

SAVE THE '86ers!

mystere24
mystere24

RIP Frank Cashen. Thank you for the great '80's Mets teams, not just '86 but also '84, '85, and '88. The rivalry with the Cardinals was amazing, the NLCS against the Astros was one of the most classic of all-time, and of course the World Series against the Red Sox was historic. Those teams and the players who played on them left an indelible mark on New York forever, thanks to you. My condolences to the Cashen Family.

Anthony Fowler
Anthony Fowler

A sad day in the history of the mets, the last championship was the one he put together with his shrewd maneuvering, wheeling and dealing, he brought respectability to the franchise you will be missed Mr Cashen

metzsuc
metzsuc

been a fan since 1975, watched all those late seventies early eighties bad teams. the way Mr  Cashen put this team together  was astounding! Loved keith and gary talking about  his tenure with the mets. RIP TO AN OLD DINOSAUR!

Skip Natoli
Skip Natoli

I thought he was a villain on Batman?

Tom Brennan
Tom Brennan

Thank you Mr. Cashen for making the Mets a winner again in the 80's. RIP.

Anyone know why posts here would not pop up with the name in my account?  I am using my SNY acc't, as I have in the past. I can easily use my Twitter acc't, but was just wondering. Thanks.

A look at Cashen's Mets' tenure should give pause to those of us who may be persecuting Alderson. This is like '82 for Alderson. In '82, 3rd year of last place or next to last place under Cashen, he traded Mazilli for Darling & Terrell. I was in high school and I remember the bad press that ensued. No need to go into the run of brilliant, astute moves from that point through the the late 80s. One thing for sure: most of those trades would not have been possible without an above average player development stream in place. It took four baseball seasons to begin to see results in the team's performance at Shea. 



Son of Harley
Son of Harley

RIP Mr. Cashen. Thank you for bringing a championship to Queens. We'll forgive you for the Juan Samuel trade.

blaze
blaze

Alderson should take a page out of Cashen's book, build a team that's not full of "yes men". Let the players play with attitude and play the way that got them here. RIP FRANK CASHEN

mets41
mets41

Rip a great GM and a great baseball person.  Thank you for the 1986 Mets they were fun to watch.  Prayers are with the Cashen  Family.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

A long life for a great GM. Architeched winners in Baltimore and NY!

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Funny thing about this blog. Not one snarky comment about Sandy among all these kind thoughts about the late Mr. Cashen. The man put together a team that should have been a dynasty. But he did give us nearly a decade of meaningful baseball. Thank-you, Frank!

eric88
eric88

RIP Mr. CASHEN, AND THANKS FOR THE THRILLS! God be with you.

ShawnP
ShawnP

RIP,Mr Cashen-Condolences to the entire Cashen Family.

Jennifer Rescigno
Jennifer Rescigno

Rest well, Mr. Cashen. Thank you for everything you did for us.

Joseph Grillo
Joseph Grillo

May your spirit  give the Wilpons many sleepless nights-RIP and thanks for engineering some great memories for Mets fans!!!!

robby
robby

RIP Mr Cashen.  Thanks for the 86 team.  Wish there were more GMs like you with the intelligence of putting a great team together 

Born2Fish74
Born2Fish74

RIP to the last great GM the Mets have had.

Julio Ramirez
Julio Ramirez

RIP n thanks for bring together one of the most fun n great teams in baseball history.

mystere24
mystere24

Doubleday is the one who authorized the Piazza deal. We lost a lot when he sold his half of the partnership.

dukewillie
dukewillie

That's the bugaboo right there. Can/will Sandy make a trade or two at the trading deadline? He also seems to over value his players when trading for a bonafide ML, but no so when trading a ML player for prospects.

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

  Actually this is more like 1983, but your point remains. The Mets were pretty awful in Cashen's first four years. Then they made an enormous leap to 90 wins in year 5.Right now it doesn't FEEL like the Mets are poised to make such a leap next year, but we really don't know what transactions are still to come.

Evil_MrM
Evil_MrM

 You make some good points, but remember that this is Alderson's 4th year as GM.  I think virtually everyone thought there would be some positive movement, in terms of wins and losses, by now.  As it stands, the Mets are on tap to have a WORSE year than 2013.


Back to the subject in question, Cashen was an amazing man.  Not many GMs get the chance to build a team to a championship, but how many get the chance to build two?  GMs never get the spotlight players do, but Frank Cashen made millions of fans happy by building the Orioles teams of the late 60s/early 70s, and the Mets of the mid to late 80s. His reputation as a baseball legend is firmly secured.

ShawnP
ShawnP

@Kenneth Meltsner  Oh trust me,a lot of us are surely thinking it.


Out of respect for Mr.Cashen and his family I reserved my judgment of Alderson for now.

Mark Healey
Mark Healey

@Son of Harley Yes, they made the leap when they realized they need an injection of life into the manager's chair. Davey and Wally Backman are almost mirror images of each other...

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@Evil_MrM Well Tejada and Ike Davis took a huge step backwards. Alderson was not counting on that. Harvey also had to undergo TJ. Again, unexpected. You add Harvey and Tejada and Davis as the players they were projected to be and the Mets are a playoff team this year.