Frank Cashen, Builder of Mets 1986 World Series, Dies at 88

Frank Cashen, who assembled the team that brought the New York Mets their most recent World Series championship in 1986, has died. He was 88.

He died today at Memorial Hospital at Easton in Easton, Maryland, according to a team statement. No further details were provided.

Cashen spent 11 seasons as the Mets’ general manager, joining the organization in 1980 after Nelson Doubleday Jr. and Fred Wilpon bought the team, which was coming off three straight last-place finishes.

Cashen helped rebuild the franchise, drafting players such as Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, trading for Keith Hernandez and hiring Davey Johnson as the Mets’ manager. Johnson had been a second baseman in Baltimore when Cashen helped the Orioles win World Series titles in 1966 and 1970 as a member of the team’s baseball operations staff.

“Frank Cashen revitalized our franchise when he took over,” Wilpon said in a statement. “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.”

The 1986 Mets won 108 games and beat the Boston Red Sox for the franchise’s second World Series title. The Mets reached the National League Championship Series two years later, yet failed to make the playoffs in Cashen’s final three seasons and he stepped down after a 77-84 finish in 1991.

“Frank was our leader. I always admired the way he put together our team,” Strawberry was quoted as saying in comments distributed by the Mets. “He mixed young guys, like me and Doc, with guys like (Gary) Carter and Hernandez. He was able to find the perfect blend to build a championship.”

Cashen is survived by his wife, Jean, seven children and nine grandchildren.

(A previous version of this story incorrectly had Cashen’s age at death as 91, according to the Mets.)

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