Frank Cashen, the architect of the 1986 world champion New York Mets, died Monday, a team spokesman said. He was 91.
Cashen served as Mets general manager from 1980 through 1991, transforming the organization from a perennial loser into a juggernaut.
Frank Cashen was the general manager of the New York Mets from 1980-91.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Mets owned the best record in Major League Baseball during Cashen’s final eight seasons as they compiled a 743-550 mark from 1984-91.
“On behalf of all of us at the Mets, we extend our deepest condolences to Jean Cashen and her entire family,” Mets principal owner 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.
This is a sad day for everybody in the New York Mets family. Cashen was probably the best executive in the history of the Mets, drafting guys like Daryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden and changing the entire culture of New York Mets baseball. He assembled almost the entire 1986 Mets team that won the teams 2nd championship. I wasn’t alive for that team, but that is the team that 1 minute sports blogs is waiting for. Cashen was a straight up winner, winning as an exec with the O’s in 1966 and 1970. He stayed a member of the mets family his whole life, attending games in Port St. Lucie every year. We here at 1 minute sports blogs salute you Frank.