On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers confirmed the passing of former pitcher and 1984 World Series champion Willie Hernández at the age of 69. Hernández was a relief pitcher who won numerous awards during his career, including the American League MVP and Cy Young Award in 1984. He began his MLB career with the Chicago Cubs in 1977 and later joined the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983 before joining the Tigers in 1984.
Hernández was a three-time All-Star and concluded his MLB career with the Tigers in 1989, recording an impressive 147 saves, a win-loss record of 70-63, and a strikeout total of 788. He also had an ERA of just 3.39 during that time. The Tigers organization released a statement expressing their deep sadness over Hernández’s death, acknowledging his key role on their championship team in 1984.
Alan Trammell, Tigers Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, also issued a statement expressing his sorrow over Hernández’s passing and fond memories of him as a teammate. Trammell remembered Hernández as someone who always brought energy and excitement to the team both on and off the field. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.