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Legendary Closer Willie Hernández of the 1984 Tigers’ World Series Passes Away at 69


Nov 21, 2023

The Detroit Tigers are mourning the loss of former pitcher Willie Hernández, who played a pivotal role in helping the team win the 1984 World Series. At the age of 69, Hernández passed away, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest pitchers in Tigers history.

During his standout 1984 season, Hernández earned both the American League MVP and Cy Young Awards, marking the beginning of a run of three consecutive All-Star appearances. As the Tigers’ closer that season, he appeared in 80 games, notching an impressive 32 saves and a career-high 112 strikeouts in 140.1 innings. Hernández also achieved a career-best 1.92 earned-run average and finished 68 games.

The Tigers expressed their deep sadness over Hernández’s passing in a statement, highlighting his integral role in the team’s 1984 World Series victory and his recognition with MVP and Cy Young honors. Alan Trammell, Hernández’s former teammate, remembered him as a great teammate and expressed his sorrow over the news of his passing. Hernández joined the Tigers in 1984 and finished his career in 1989 at the age of 34 before joining other teams like Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies.

Hernandez will be remembered for his vital contribution to the Tigers’ world championship win in

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