Posts Tagged ‘frank cashen’


ESPN- Frank Cashen, the architect of the 1986 world champion New York Mets, died Monday, a team spokesman said. He was 88.

Cashen, who died at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland, served as Mets general manager from 1980 through 1991, transforming the organization from a perennial loser into a juggernaut.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Mets owned the best record in Major League Baseball during Cashen’s final eight seasons, compiling a 743-550 mark from 1984 to 1991.

Honest question, which is harder to do?  Make a team partially owned by the Wilpons a perennial contender or pull off the bowtie look for multiple decades?  I was too young to really appreciate how good those 80’s Mets teams were, but I have been a Mets fan long enough to know just how much better those teams were than the sludge we watch now.

I edited a list of notable moves Cashen made during his tenure with the Mets.  You can see the moves that helped form the best team of the 80s (record-wise), and the moves that caused the nightmares of the early 90s.

Nonetheless, a hell of a job making a World Series champion and one of the most entertaining teams in MLB history.  Rest In Peace, Mr. Cashen.  And thank you.