(CBS DETROIT) – The Detroit Tigers have announced the passing of former pitcher Willie Hernández, who was 69 years old. Hernández was a relief pitcher and was named the American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner in 1984. He made his Major League Baseball debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1977 before joining the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983 and eventually the Tigers in 1984.
Hernández was a three-time All-Star and concluded his MLB career with the Tigers in 1989, accumulating 147 saves, a 70-63 win-loss record, 788 strikeouts, and a 3.39 ERA. The Tigers released a statement on Tuesday confirming his death: “The Tigers are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Willie Hernandez. A thirteen-year Major League veteran, including his final six seasons wearing the Olde English ‘D’, Hernandez was a key member of the Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship team, earning American League MVP and Cy Young Award honors that season.”
Alan Trammell, Tigers Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations also released a statement: “Willie Hernandez was an excellent teammate, and I am devastated by this news. I will always cherish our memories together on the mound after he recorded the final out of