The Toronto Blue Jays will pay tribute to Tony Fernandez by wearing a uniform badge with the former number one of the former indoor field player this season.
The club’s career leader in games played, hits and triples, Fernandez died on February 16 at the age of 57.
The 1993 World Series winner and five-star star has struggled with kidney problems for several years. He was hospitalized for the first time for polycystic kidney disease in 2017.
Signed by the Blue Jays in 1979, the Dominican native played 12 seasons in four stints with the club. Fernandez hit .333 with nine points in the 1993 Blue Jays World Series six games win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Fernandez’s name was placed at the Blue Jays level of excellence at the Rogers Center in 2001.
“There are few players in the game who can impact a team and a fan base like Tony did in Toronto,” Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a statement. .
“Beyond his impressive career, accomplishments and accolades, Tony has resonated with baseball fans because of the way he played the game and behaved as a teammate. Wearing a badge in his memory is like honoring his exceptional life on behalf of Blue Jays fans. Across the country. “
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