Tony Fernández

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Octavio Antonio Fernandez Castro
born Octavio Antonio Fernando Castro

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tony Fernandez was a shortstop who played 17 years in the big leagues and earned four Gold Gloves. After spending the first part of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, he became a journeyman who played for numerous clubs. Fernandez was originally signed as a free agent for the Blue Jays by scout Epy Guerrero.

Two of the ten most similar players to Fernandez (through 2013), according to the similarity scores method, are in the Hall of Fame, including Red Schoendienst, the third-most similar player.

Many viewed Fernandez on his way to the Hall of Fame himself when he hit .310 in 1986 and .322 in 1987, when he was 24 and 25 years old respectively. He wouldn't hit .300 again until a decade later, though, when he was back with the Blue Jays, hitting .321 and .328 in 1998 and 1999 at the ages of 36 and 37. He ended up with a lifetime .288 batting average. He also appeared in two World Series, hitting .395.

Tony Fernandez holds the Blue Jays' club records for hits (1,583) and games played (1,450) through the 2019 season. He had four separate stints with the Blue Jays.

He missed the entire 1996 season because of an elbow injury; he had been the starting shortstop for the Yankees in 1995, but his injury opened the door for Derek Jeter to take over for him. In 2000 he played for the Seibu Lions, then came back to the majors for one final season in 2001.

He was voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also a member of the Toronto Blue Jays Level of Excellence

Fernández' son Jonathon Fernández signed with the Blue Jays as a 34th round pick in the 2009 amateur draft. In 2016, Tony was a special coach with the Texas Rangers.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 5 time All-Star (1986, 1987, 1989, 1992 & 1999)
  • 4-time AL Gold Glove Winner (1986-1989/SS)
  • AL At Bats Leader (1986)
  • AL Singles Leader (1986)
  • AL Triples Leader (1990)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1986)
  • Won a World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993.

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