Toronto Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez dead at 57

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star shortstop Tony Fernandez has died at the age of 57.

In a tweet on Saturday, Major League Baseball’s Spanish account confirmed Fernandez’s death, saying the shortstop had “left for a better life.”

“He gave us 17 years as a baseball player in #LasMatores and a lifetime of pure baseball,” the tweet reads.

Earlier this month, Fernandez was taken to a Florida hospital where he was placed into a medically-induced coma over complications from kidney disease.

Fernandez, 57, had battled kidney problems for several years. He was first hospitalized with polycystic kidney disease in 2017.

Imrad Hallim, the director and co-founder of the Tony Fernandez Foundation, told The Canadian Press that Fernandez had been on the waiting list for a new kidney and had been living on dialysis for “many years.”

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