Blue Jays icon Tony Fernandez passes away at age 57

Tony Fernandez passes away following stroke and kidney complications

Tony Fernandez, the Toronto Blue Jays legend and a onetime Cincinnati Reds player, died Saturday at age 57.

"His impact on the baseball community in Toronto and across Canada is immeasurable", the statement continued.

Fernandez revealed in 2017 that he is living with Polycystic Kidney Disease.

The five-time MLB All-Star had been hospitalized since late January with a kidney issue, and MLB Insider Hector Gomez reported from the Dominican Republic that he had suffered a stroke. On behalf of all Toronto residents, I am extending condolences to Tony's family and friends.

The Dominican-born Fernandez, who spent much of his time at shortstop while also seeing time at second and third base, played 12 seasons over four stints with the Blue Jays. The four-time Gold Glove shortstop played 12 seasons with the Blue Jays and won the 1993 World Series with Toronto.

He was a big piece of the team's first two playoff seasons in 1985 and 1989, before being included in a landmark, franchise-altering trade in 1990 with the San Diego Padres to bring future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and World Series hero Joe Carter to Toronto.

Fernandez was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., in 2008. He then had averages of.318 and.333 in the American League Championship Series against the Chicago White Sox and World Series versus the Phillies, respectively.

He tops Toronto all-time in hits (1,583), singles (1,160), triples (72) and games played (1,450).

A four-time Gold Glove victor, Fernandez also suited up for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, and Milwaukee Brewers. After being released by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001, Fernandez signed one last time with the Blue Jays, handling some light pinch hitting duties before having his name enshrined on the level of excellence late in the season.



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