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 the 1984 American League MVP and Cy Young Award. 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. During his six seasons with the Tigers, Hernandez was a three-time All-Star, recording a total of 147 saves, a win-loss record of 70-63, and an ERA of 3.39.
The Tigers released a statement expressing their deep sadness at the news of Hernandez’s death. They noted that he was a key member of their 1984 World Series championship team and had earned numerous honors during his career, including American League MVP and Cy Young Award recognition. 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 impressive performance on the mound, particularly during high-pressure situations. His ability to come through in clutch moments made him one of the most beloved players among fans and teammates alike. While many may mourn his passing, his legacy as a legendary reliever will continue to live on in baseball history.