Former Yankees and Mets infielder Tony Fernandez passed away on Saturday at the age of 57 after suffering a brain stroke that came with complications from polycystic kidney disease.
Fernandez was most notably known as a Blue Jays legend, winning four Gold Gloves, going to five All Star games and winning a World Series title during his time in Toronto, but he did spend two stints in New York -- in both Queens and The Bronx.
Leaving the Padres after two seasons, Fernandez joined the Mets in 1993, but the stay was short lived. After a disappointing start to the season, he was traded back up to Toronto, where he played a big role in the Blue Jays winning the World Series later that season.
Then of course there was his one year stint with the Yankees in 1995. Fernandez appeared in 108 games and hit .245 in 438 plate appearances with five homers and 57 runs scored.
But arguably his biggest moment in New York lore comes during spring training of the following season, when he was battling with then-rookie Derek Jeter for the starting-shortstop job.
As the battle in training camp ensued, Fernandez fractured his right elbow while diving for a ball and would eventually not play in the 1996 season at all, leaving the door open for Jeter...and the rest was history.
After 17 years in MLB, Fernandez finished his career with a slashline of .288/.347/.399, 2,276 hits, 94 home runs and 84