Former Toronto Blue Jays Player Tony Fernandez Dies At 57

23 Aug 1999: Tony Fernandez #1 of the Toronto Blue Jays runs to a base during a game against the Oakland Athletics at the Network Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Blue Jays defeated the A's 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport

Former Toronto Blue Jays Player Tony Fernandez Dies At 57

The shortstop won a World Series with the Blue Jays in 1993.

PUBLISHED ON : FEBRUARY 16, 2020 / 10:31 AM

Written by BET Staff

Tony Fernandez, a four-time Gold Glove winner and World Series champion with the Toronto Blue Jays, has reportedly died at 57.  

In 2017, Fernandez announced he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. Earlier this month, former MLB player Jesse Barfield asked for prayers after revealing Fernandez had surgery due to a blood clot in his leg.

Sports journalist Hector Gomez, confirmed Fernandez death on Twitter.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Fernandez played in the  Major Leagues from 1983 to 2001. He played 17 seasons with seven teams, 12 of them as a Blue Jays shortstop, winning a World Series with them in 1993. He retired in 2001 with 2,276 hits and five All-Star appearances.  

In 2018, Fernandez spoke to Fansided.com about his impact in baseball, "It’s always good to be recognized, first of all by your peers and if you are recognized by the fans, that’s even better. Unfortunately, there are many athletes and great ball players that put up great numbers but they don’t get the recognition that they deserve." 

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