Frank Cashen
Inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame, 2010
John Francis Cashen
Born: September 13, 1925 at Baltimore, Md.
Died: June 30, 2014 at Easton, Md.

Frank Cashen was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on August 1, 2010, and June 30, 2014.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Chief Operating Officer 1980 - 1988
  • Executive Vice President 1980 - 1988
  • General Manager 1980 - 1991

Share your memories of Frank Cashen


Jonathan Stern
March 28, 2005
Well, Mets fans, which Cashen will you choose to remember? The man who masterfully rebuilt the Mets from scratch? Or the dinosaur who dismantled the team immediately after they won it all?

I might go with the latter, if for no other reason than that team has never really recovered in the fourteen or so years since the dismantling, during which time, of course, the Yankees reclaimed the title of New York's team. Whenever I tell kids that the Mets once owned New York, they're always shocked. And I'm always shocked that they're always shocked.

March 31, 2005
I'll take the master rebuilder, Jonathan. Some of those trades were genius, especially the two where he stockpiled young arms -- Maz for Darling and Terrell (who became Hojo) and Bailor for El Sid (the prime figures). That was his Orioles philosophy showing.

I also still remember the explanation for why Frank always wore bowties. He was in the newspaper business way back when, with inky trays of type that would have messed up a regular necktie.

April 3, 2006
Even in a debilitated state. Mr. Cashen made it to almost every Mets spring training home game this season sitting to the rear of me. He still does box scores during the games. It did seem as a shame that I was one of the only people there they actually recognized him. He always tries to smile, and says hello. Still a gentleman.

Bob Strubin
July 17, 2007
I was a copy boy on the old News-Post and Sunday American When Frank was a sports writer there. My memories are of the inter - departmental softball team we had formed on which Frank pitched and I was his battery mate. I might add that Frank was a hell of an underhand softball pitcher. John Steadman was also on the team. I was drafted into the Navy (Korean War) early the next year ( Jan. 1951) and lost contact with my fellow workers on the newspaper. I did follow Frank's career and am proud to have known him.

September 7, 2007
Although I subscribe to the "if it a'int broke..." code, the Kevin McReynolds deal on paper was a sure way of solidifying the LF position. The problem was Cashen got rid of the fiery Knight, Hernandez and Carter over the next couple of years and suddenly we were looking to the immature McReynolds for leadership. The Santana trade still keeps me up at night though. If you want a real team wrecker...see Joe McDonald

Hank M
June 6, 2008
It's always been very silly that Frank and the Mets' owners have been criticized for letting Tom Seaver get away. The media has often described this move as "a front office mistake." It was actually the smartest thing that management ever did for the team.

In 1983, with a returned Seaver, the Mets finished in last place. That same year, all of their minor league affiliates were winning championships and the Mets were named Organization of the Year. The parent club (despite the cellar-dwelling) already had Darryl Strawberry, Jesse Orosco and Mookie Wilson as examples of the great talent the system was producing. The trade for Keith Hernandez was made. Signs of a bright Mets' future that had nothing to do with Seaver were clearly evident.

Frank, of course, knew all of this. He likely also knew that Tom would have been a hindrance to the progress the Mets were making. Seaver was 39 years old and too self-centered to be helpful to a young rising team. He could have even prevented them from becoming a contender just by being there. For this reason, leaving him available for the White Sox to take was a logical decision.

In 1984, the Mets won 90 games, fourth most in Major League Baseball. From that year until 1990, they won more games than any other MLB team and a few titles along the way. Had Seaver stayed, it's possible that none of this would have happened.

The press still likes to think that letting Seaver go at that time was an error. The truth is that the Mets were better off because of it. This is why Frank was the Mets' General Manager and the media only reports on the team's success that resulted from his input.

June 30, 2014
Thank you Mr.Cashen for all the great memories you helped create during my childhood. You'll never be forgotten. Say hello to Mr.Kiner for us. Rest in peace.

Shickhaus Franks
July 3, 2014
Sad to hear the passing of Frank but in the words of Howard Cosell when upon hearing the passing of "Papa Bear" George Halas--"IT WAS INEVITABLE". Perhaps the finest GM the Mets ever had with all of his deals getting Mex/Kid/Darling/El Sid/Bobby O etc and drafting Doc and Darryl but he did have his oops when he let Tom Seaver out there for the White Sox to get and then quickly dismantling the 1986 champs too quickly (they should've have had several playoff years in a row but I don't want to bring up things that have been rehashed 1000x. ANYWAY R.I.P. BOWTIE 1925-2014 I know that Ralph Kiner is greeting you right now in that big Shea in the sky.

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