Former Toronto Blue Jay shortstop Tony Fernández has passed away at the age of 57. He played for the Blue Jays in four different stints: from 1983-1990, 1993, from 1998-1999, and finally in 2001, winning the World series with the Blue Jays in 1993.
Mr. Fernández was born Octavio Antonio Fernández Castro San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic.
Mr. Fernández was signed by the Blue Jays in 1979, and started playing for the team in 1983. He would continue to be the Blue Jays’ shortstop until after the 1990 season when he was traded along with Fred McGriff to the San Diego Padres for Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. He played for the Padres for two seasons before joining the New York Mets in 1993. He would be traded back to the Blue Jays during the season, and went on to help the Blue Jays to win their second straight World Series title.
He would then play for the Cincinnati Reds in 1994 and New York Yankees in 1995. An injury in 1995 resulted in the Yankees calling up Derek Jeter.
In 1997, Mr. Fernández was playing with the Cleveland Indians and helped them to get to the World Series.
Back with the Blue jays in 1998 and 1999, her would bad over .300 before moving to Japan for the 2000 season. He would sign with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001, but ultimately be traded back to the Blue Jays for the rest of the season before retiring.
Mr. Fernández would win four straight Gold Gloves from 1986 to 1989 with the Blue Jays and would be named to the All Star Game five times during his career. He would hit for the cycle on September 3rd, 1995 and retire with a .288 batting average in 2,158 games played, with 94 homeruns and 844 RBI. He also had 2,276 hits.
Mr. Fernández passed away after a stroke.
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