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Reaction To Blue Jays Legend Tony Fernandez dying at 57


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The Toronto sports scene has lost one of its greatest athletes and favorite sons as Tony Fernández has died at the age of 57. During his run in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Fernandez was able to become the Blue Jays all-time hits player and played the most games.

The Toronto Blue Jays have put out a statement for the public through Twitter featuring a photo of Fernández, captioning it: “We will miss you, Tony.”

The ball club stated Fernandez is “one of our clubs most celebrated and respected players,” adding, “Tony left an equally indelible mark in the hearts of a generation of blue Jay fans during his 12 unforgettable seasons with the team.

“His impact on the baseball community in Toronto and across Canada is immeasurable,” and on social media the sentiments have been echoed.

He was hospitalized earlier this year due to kidney disease complications and needed to be put into a medically induced coma. According to MLB insider Hector Gomez, who cited a Dominican newspaper, Fernández suffered a stroke on Saturday and was taken off life support.

The Dominican MLB Twitter account called him a “warrior” and offered its “our deepest condolences to Tony Fernández’s family at this difficult time.”

The Toronto Blue Jays first taste of playoff action took place in 1985 when they won the Eastern Divisional title. Tony Fernandez was an integral part of that team’s success and would continue for years to come. Many hardcore fans believed that he should have won the Gold Glove in 1985, but voting might have been skewed to favour more established players. Fernandez would soon enough be winning four in a row.

Tony Fernandez was proud to have been one of the most spectacular defense players in the league during his time period and some may say of all time with the greats such as Cal Ripken and Ozzie Guillen.

His 1993 World Series performance in game four will always be remembered by the franchise as he acquired 5 RBI’s. Tony was also a premier switch-hitter with a career .288 batting average, was an immense threat on the bases with 246 career steals, and arguably the most adaptable shortstop in the franchise’s history (.992 fielding % in for the years 1981 through 1989). His defensive prowess was put on display in the late ‘80s especially when he won 4 Golden Glove awards in a row from 1986-‘89. He won a World Series Ring with the Blue Jays in 1993, and his career came full-circle in 2001 where he ended it with the Blue Jays.

Roberto Alomar who many praise as the greatest Blue Jays player in history had nothing but kind words for the iconic Tony Fernandez!

Once again, our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Tony Fernandez!