Former Blue Jays shortstop and All-Star Tony Fernandez has died at 57 years old from complications from kidney disease according to the MLB’s official Spanish-language Twitter account.
Fernandez was hospitalized in early February after developing pneumonia and suffering a stroke. He was placed in an induced coma to stabilize his health. Fernandez showed some signs of improvement, however yesterday he reportedly was taken off life support.
He has been dealing with polycystic kidney disease since 2017 and has been on a waiting list for a new kidney and living on dialysis for many years.
The five-time all-star from the Dominican Republic made his major-league debut with the Jays in 1983 and spent 12 seasons with Toronto over four stints during his 17-year MLB career.
Fernandez played 48 games for the New York Mets in 1993 and spent the 1995 season with the New York Yankees.
He also won four straight Gold Glove Awards with the Jays from 1986-89.
Fernandez was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont., in 2008.
He retired in 2001.
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