Former sportswriter and MLB general manager Frank Cashen died Monday at age 88 at Memorial Hospital near his Maryland home after battling illness.
Cashen served as GM of the Mets from 1980-91, building the 1986 World Series championship club along the way. Among his notable moves are acquiring Keith Hernandez via trade and drafting both Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.
"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.
"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."
Before working with the Mets, Cashen had been a front office executive with the Orioles during their World Series title years in 1966 and 1970. He later served as their GM.