The Detroit Tigers announced on Tuesday that former pitcher and 1984 World Series champion Willie Hernández had passed away at the age of 69. Hernández, a relief pitcher who won the American League MVP and Cy Young Award in 1984, began his MLB career with the Chicago Cubs in 1977 before joining the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983. He later joined the Tigers in 1984, where he was a key member of their championship team and earned All-Star honors three times.
The Tigers released a statement expressing their deep sadness at the loss of Hernández, who was known for his strong work ethic and competitive spirit. His teammate, Alan Trammell, also released a statement expressing his sorrow and fond memories of working with Hernández during their time together in Detroit. Trammell remembered Hernández as a valuable member of the team who always gave his best on the field.
Hernandez’s MLB career spanned six seasons with the Tigers, during which he recorded 147 saves, a win-loss record of 70-63, struck out 788 batters and maintained an ERA of 3.39. His accomplishments on the field will be remembered by many fans as one of the greatest relief pitchers in baseball history.