- DH, SS, 3B, 2B
- June 30, 1962
- 6' 2"
- 165 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-02-1983 with TOR
- Allstar Selections:
- 1986 GG, 1987 GG, 1988 GG, 1989 GG
Signed as a skinny 17-year old out of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, shortstop Tony Fernandez ended up collecting more hits in the big leagues than any other player born in that tiny island nation. With an unconventional sidearm throwing technique and smooth gliding upright strides, Fernandez was an All-Star with the Blue Jays in his 20s and later again at the age of 37 back with Toronto after spending time with five other teams. He won four Gold Gloves and was a member of the Jays 1993 World Series title team.
For 15 of their first 17 years of existence, the Toronto Blue Jays had a Dominican player at shortstop. First it was Alfredo Griffin, from 1979-1984. Fernandez was the starter from 1985 until his trade to the Padres after the 1990 season. Then it was Manny Lee, and then, Fernandez again in 1993 after he was re-acquired by the Jays from the Mets. After jaunting off to a few other teams once again, Fernandez was back as the Blue Jays starting second baseman in 1998, and third baseman in 1999. Dominican Tony Batista was at third for Toronto in 2000.
In 1986, Fernandez had his only 200-hit season, but he was more effective offensively in 1987, batting .322 with 32 stolen bases. He also won a Gold Glove.
In 1986, Tony Fernandez collected 212 hits as a shortstop, setting a record for a player at that position.
Tony Fernandez was the last regular shortstop for the Yankees prior to the emergence of Derek Jeter in that role.
Hitting for average and defensive range.
He was a poor basestealer and of course, as is often the case with players from the Dominican, he was impatient at the plate.
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