The legendary shortstop of the Toronto Blue Jays Tony Fernandez died Saturday evening following a battle against polycystic kidney disease, a disease that he had announced in 2017.
The man, 57-year-old lay in a critical condition for a little less than two weeks after doctors discovered a blood clot in one of his legs. The Dominican would also have suffered a stroke.
“We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Tony Fernandez, said the hall of fame the canadian baseball by way of a press release. Tony was a baseball legend in all respects. He has been invited to the all-star game five times, won four gold Gloves, a world Series and is the leader of the history of the Blue Jays for the hits, but it was also a nice man and thought that was not at all reluctant ever to provide assistance to those in need.”
Fernandez was elected to the hall of fame canadian baseball in 2008, after a career of 17 seasons in major league baseball. After having started his professional career in Toronto, he came back with the Jays in 1993, allowing the team to lay hands on a second world Series in a row.
In addition to the number of “hits” (2276), one of which was the number 1 in Toronto also holds the record of the franchise for most games played (2158).
“Tony has left an indelible mark in the hearts of a generation of fans of the Blue Jays during his 12 seasons memorable with the team, said the training in toronto via press release. Its impact on the community of baseball in Toronto and across Canada is immeasurable.”