Frank Cashen GM of the 86 Mets Passes

by Ed Tsunoda on July 1, 2014

Frank Cashen who was the Mets General Manager from 1980 to 1991 and the architect of the Mets last World Series winning team has died at the age of 88. Cashen also worked with the Mets as Chief Operating Officer, as a consultant, and as interim GM during Steve Phillips’ leave from the team in 1998, throughout the 90s, and was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2010.

Cashen came to the Mets in 1980, under not dissimilar circumstances to how Sandy Alderson arrived, at the suggestion of  MLB, and at a time when the Mets new owners needed help turning around a moribund franchise. He was able to build a World Series winner by 1986 and annual contender that averaged 95 wins a year from 1984 to 1990.

The high point of Cashen’s tenure in Queens, the runaway success of the 1986 championship team, was a most compelling spectacle that regularly filled Shea Stadium. The Mets came replete with charismatic personalities of differing textures that fascinated the city. They had Ivy Leaguers, family men, comedians, Hawaiians, nocturnal animals, dirt bags, players who had been dirt poor, many of them would-be authors. Moreover, the ’86 edition participated in league and World Series championships that remain among the most memorable ever.

“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. “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, sportswriter and marketing executive. His accomplishments will always be an integral part of our team history.”


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