The Detroit Tigers announced on Tuesday that former pitcher and 1984 World Series champion Willie Hernandez had passed away at the age of 69. Hernandez was a relief pitcher who won several accolades during his career, including the 1984 American League MVP and AL Cy Young Award. He began his MLB career with the Chicago Cubs in 1977 before joining the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983. In 1984, he joined the Tigers and became a key member of their championship team.
The Tigers organization released a statement expressing their deep sadness at the news of Hernandez’s passing. They remembered him as a talented pitcher who brought joy to fans and teammates alike. Alan Trammell, Tigers Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, also released a statement honoring Hernandez as a former teammate and friend.
Hernandez’s legacy will live on as one of the most successful relief pitchers in MLB history. He recorded 147 saves during his career and had a win-loss record of 70-63, with 788 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA. His contributions to the game will be missed dearly by fans and fellow players alike.