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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Blue Jays great Tony Fernandez dead at 57, receives tributes

Tony Fernandez

Former Blue Jays standout Tony Fernandez died on Saturday at the age of 57 due to complications from kidney disease.

Fernandez, who was a five-time All-Star, dealt with complications from polycystic kidney disease earlier in February and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Hector Gomez of Z 101 in the Dominican Republic reported that Fernandez suffered a brain hemorrhage and died of complications related to kidney disease on Saturday

El Nuevo Diario in the Dominican Republic earlier reported that Fernandez had a brain hemorrhage and that doctors were awaiting the family’s decision about keeping Fernandez on life support.

The tributes started to come in for Fernandez after Gomez’s report spread.

Fernandez played 17 seasons in MLB and had stints with seven teams. The former four-time Gold Glove shortstop played 12 seasons with the Blue Jays and won the 1993 World Series with the team. He is the franchise’s leader in WAR among position players.

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