Tony Fernandez was born on June 30th, 1962, and grew up in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Fernandez in 1979. During his professional career, Tony played for several teams in Major League Baseball and in Japan. His tenures in Toronto (1983-‘90, 1993, 1998-‘99, and 2001) were arguably his best years in the league. His franchise records still hold to this day. Along with his elite defensive skills at shortstop, Tony was also a premier switch-hitter with a career .288 batting average, was an immense threat on the bases with 246 career steals, and arguably the most adaptable shortstop in the franchise’s history (.992 fielding % in for the years 1981 through 1989). His defensive prowess was put on display in the late ‘80s especially when he won 4 Golden Glove awards in a row from 1986-‘89. He won a World Series Ring with the Blue Jays in 1993, and his career came full-circle in 2001 where he ended it with the Blue Jays.
You can now find Tony Fernandez's name on the Level of Excellence in left field at the Rogers Centre, and deservedly so.