Tony Fernandez, Former Cleveland Indian, dies at the age of 57 from kidney disease.
The Blue Jays announced his death Sunday morning. They said about Fernandez that he was one of his club’s most celebrated and respected players. The National Baseball Hall of Fame tweeted that Tony Fernandez died Saturday. He was suffering from kidney disease in 2017 and hospitalized earlier this month.
The director and co-founder of the Tony Fernandez Foundation, Imrad Hallim, told The Canadian Press that Tony Fernandez was placed in an induced coma after developing pneumonia.
He was a four-time consecutive Gold glove and five-time All-star winner. Tony had played 17 seasons in the majors from 1983 to 2001. He also played for the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, and Cleveland Indians.
The Toronto Blue Jays said in a statement that his impact on the baseball community in Toronto and across Canada was immeasurable. Their deepest condolences were with the Fernandez family during that time.
@hgomez27 — Former MLB player Fernandez has died. He suffered Kidney complications and brain stroke. Fernandez had won 4 Gold Glove, 5 All-Star Games, and a World Series with Toronto Blue Jays (1993). Rest in peace.
@Plesac19 — RIP for my former @BlueJays teammate Fernandez …extraordinary player (4 Gold Gloves – 5 times All-Star) …kind, gentle giant of a man. A true professional and Soft-spoken. Thoughts & prayers to his friends and family.
@CDNBaseballHOF — 2008 Hall of Famer Tony Fernandez passes away. Hall of Fame’s official statement that they were heartbroken to hear that Fernandez had died. Tony had been a baseball legend in every sense. He had been a four-time Gold Glove Award winner, five-time All-Star, a World Series champion.