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Old 02-16-2020, 08:45 AM   #1
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RIP Tony Fernandez

Multi-Gold Glove winner and member of '93 World Champion Blue Jays.

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Old 02-16-2020, 08:51 AM   #2
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Always one of my favorites. He had substance to go with the style. RIP.

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Damn. Recent reports had suggested his condition was improving.
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RIP O-Dog - thanks for so many years of entertaining baseball.
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Old 02-16-2020, 03:12 PM   #5
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My favourite player growing up. And I got to tell him that in person a few years ago too!

I hope and imagine he had a great life despite not living to a ripe old age.
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:02 PM   #6
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RIP "Cabeza". You were truly great on and off the field. Absolutely, fully, completely, and totally shameless plug here:

https://www.jaysinthehouse.com/2020/...smooth_15.html

Finished it about two weeks ago, and left the death date blank, hoping against hope that he'd somehow be able to pull through. He managed to have an impact on sooo many people in his brief 57 years on this planet, and I suspect the tributes that will come out over the days and weeks to follow will reflect that. Gone too soon.
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Old 02-17-2020, 02:39 PM   #7
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Also had one of the biggest postseason home runs in franchise history for my Tribe in the 1997 ALCS.

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Also had one of the biggest postseason home runs in franchise history for my Tribe in the 1997 ALCS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sADQi35c8Q8
Yep. He was amazing. He had some huge hits in big games. He absolutely wore out the Orioles, and the Marlins that year. The look on Davey Johnson's face in your clip says it all. You can't give up in baseball because there is no clock, but his look is kind of a dazed, defeated one. His error that unfortunately undid your team in the end, completely overshadowed his ALCS dagger of a HR off Armando Benitez, and his 3rd inning two-run single to put your team ahead in Game 7 of the World Series. I felt horrible for him, as he was one of the reasons your team was in that series right to the bitter end. Baseball can be so cruel man.

And then there was the 1993 World Series when he knocked in nine, including five in the huuuge Game 4, 15-14 win for my team. That game was an all-timer, not just for the Blue Jays, but in baseball history, and his fingerprints were all over it. I don't think it's a stretch to say that, most of the time, he was at his best when the lights shone brightest. Then there's the person he was off the field. I have no personal knowledge of that, but the tributes that are coming in are demonstrating how special he was as a human being.

As a baseball fan, I was sooo lucky to be able to watch him come to the big leagues, dazzle in the field, and constantly confound defenses with his line to line spray hitting. He could also pull off slug bunts over the heads of charging infielders, and bunt the ball to the SS instead of to one of the corner infielders. He was special, and will be greatly missed. The world needs more Tony Fernandezes, particularly now.
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Damn. Recent reports had suggested his condition was improving.
With Polycystic Kidney Disease, it's really only a matter of when. Unless he'd gotten a new kidney, he was in big trouble. Even if he'd gotten a new kidney, the illness could've begun the process of riddling that one with cysts again. At least it would've bought him time, but that's a horrible disease.
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Underrated as hell back in the day. Gone too soon.
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Actionjackson, you reminded me of some memories. I loved him not only due to his amazing defense, but also because he was a doubles and, especially, a triples machine.

I remember, when he got traded with McGriff for Alomar and Carter I was so upset. Of course pretty much no one really knew how good Alomar would become (Carter was by far the bigger name at the time) and while McGriff was possibly the headliner leaving, I was far more upset about losing Tony. I remember being sad, upset, angry, all the emotions. But then when we got him back and he won a championship with us, all was forgiven. I wish he had been a Jay his entire career, but then again we probably wouldn't have experienced those championships without what we got for him.

Thanks, Tony. You gave us so many great memories.
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Old 02-21-2020, 12:58 PM   #12
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Multi-Gold Glove winner and member of '93 World Champion Blue Jays.

https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/b...owe-story.html

Yeah, I was genuinely shocked when I heard. It doesn't seem like all that long ago that he played. Time is going by too fast.


RIP, slug bunt master.
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...RIP, slug bunt master.
Such a smart, smart player. As I've said elsewhere, he used his brain to beat your brains in. Baseball needs more Tony Fernandezes, and the world needs more Tony Fernandezes. He will be missed tremendously.
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Can you possibly re-post this, so we can all see it?
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