The Detroit Tigers released a statement on Tuesday confirming the death of former pitcher and 1984 World Series champion Willie Hernández at the age of 69. Hernández was a relief pitcher who earned American League MVP and Cy Young Award honors in 1984, as well as being a three-time All-Star during his six seasons with the Tigers. He began his MLB career with the Chicago Cubs in 1977 and later joined the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983 before eventually joining the Tigers in 1984. During his time with the Tigers, he recorded 147 saves, a 70-63 win-loss record, 788 strikeouts, and a 3.39 ERA.
The Tigers organization expressed their deep sadness at the news of Hernandez’s passing, while Alan Trammell, Tigers Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, also released a statement expressing his sorrow and fond memories of Hernandez as a teammate. Hernandez was known for his infectious personality and competitive spirit, both on and off the field. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him and by fans of the game.