Blue Jays great Fernandez dies at 57

Former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernandez died on Saturday at age 57.

According to reports, Fernandez was dealing with kidney issues when he had a fatal stroke.

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TORONTO, ON - JULY 22 - Former Toronto Blue Jay legends Lloyd Moseby and Tony Fernandez chat during the Carlos Delgado/Extra Bases Training Day, which took place today at Rogers Centre, Toronto. The fantasy camp gave participants a once in a lifetime opportunity to mingle with Toronto Blue jays legends, as well as receive baseball skills during a full workout. July 22, 2013. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
DIGITAL IMAGE----Blue Jays third baseman Tony Fernandez reacts after being hit in the leg by a pitch vs Cleveland Indians in Toronto, Friday, September 24, 1999. (Photo by Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Minnesota Twin's Christian Guzman makes a catch in foul territory off of the bat Toronto Blue Jay's Tony Fernandez during first inning AL action in Toronto on Thursday, September 2, 1999. )CP PHOTO/Rene Johnston) (Photo by Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
28 Jun 2001: Tony Fernandez #1 of theToronto Blue Jays at bat during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at The Skydome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 5-0.Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
28 Feb 1999: Infielder Tony Fernandez #1 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses for a studio portrait on Photo Day during Spring Training at the Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field in Dunedin, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /Allsport
21 Mar 1999: Infielder Tony Fernandez #1 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings at the ball during the Spring Training game against the Boston Red Sox at the Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. The Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 26: Tony Fernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Detroit Tigers on September 26, 1998 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Tony Fernandez throws out Detroit Tigers Juan Encarnacion during the third inning in Detroit on 24 May 1999. AFP Photo/Jeff KOWALSKY (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA: Toronto Blue Jay Tony Fernandez jumps into the stands to catch a foul ball hit by an Oakland A in the early innings of their game at Toronto's Skydome 06 May 1999. Fernandez was unable to reel in the ball but the fan just to his left made the catch. AFP PHOTO/Carlo ALLEGRI (Photo credit should read CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 25: Tony Fernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Anaheim Angels at Angel Stadium on August 25, 1999 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 26: Tony Fernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on against the Detroit Tigers on September 26, 1998 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)
12 Jul 1998: Infielder Tony Fernandez #1 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. The Blue Jays defeated the Tigers 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
2 May 1998: Infielder Tony Fernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays in action during a game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Blue Jays defeated the Athletics 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr. /Allsport
8 Mar 1998: Tony Fernandez #1 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during a spring training game against the New York Yankees at Legends Field in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /Allsport
9 Mar 1998: Infielder Tony Fernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays in action during a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at the Grant Field in Dunedin, Florida. The Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Kirn /Allsport
1993: Tony Fernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during a 1993 World Series game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)
1993: Mariano Duncan of the Philadelphia Phillies attempts to turn a double play against Tony Fernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays during a 1993 World Series game. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1989: Tony Fernandez #1 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during batting practice prior to the start of a Major League Baseball game circa 1989. Fernandez played for the Blue Jays from 1983-90, 93, 1998-99 and 2001. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1989: Tony Fernandez #1 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the New York Yankees during an Major League Baseball game circa 1989 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Fernandez played for the Blue Jays from 1983-90, 93, 1998-99 and 2001. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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The Blue Jays released a statement honoring their former star.

"The Toronto Blue Jays are deeply saddened by the passing of Tony Fernandez, one of our club's most celebrated and respected players," it reads.

"Enshrined forever in Blue Jays history on the Level of Excellence, Tony left an equally indelible mark in the hearts of a generation of Blue Jays fans during his 12 unforgettable seasons with the team. His impact on the baseball community in Toronto and across Canada is immeasurable. Our deepest condolences are with the Fernandez family during this time."

Fernandez spent 14 seasons with the Blue Jays and is their all-time leader in hits (1,583), games (1,450) and triples (72).

Though Fernandez had stints with six other teams, he played for the Blue Jays at four different points during his career and enjoyed four of his five All-Star seasons there. He also helped the team win its second straight World Series in 1993.

He finished his career in 2001 with 2,276 hits, 1,057 runs and a lifetime WAR of 45.3. --Field Level Media

 

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