Willie Hernandez, Former Detroit Tigers Star and 1984 AL MVP, Dies at 69

Former Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Guillermo “Willie” Hernández, who won the American League MVP Award, AL Cy Young Award and World Series championship in 1984 during his 13-year career in the MLB, died Monday evening.

He was 69 years old.

Hernández, who suffered from heart problems after his playing career, died at his home in Sebring, Florida, according to a report from La Primera Hora. The funeral is expected to take place in Aguada, Puerto Rico, where Hernández was born in 1954.

“The Tigers are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Willie Hernández,” the Tigers said in a statement Tuesday. “Our thoughts are with the Hernández family, his friends and his teammates.”

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Willie Hernandez, a member of the 1984 World Series championship team, throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Detroit Tigers' game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Detroit.  The Tigers are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the 1984 World Series.

Only three players have won the MVP, Cy Young and World Series in the same season: Sandy Koufax in 1963, Denny McLain in 1968 and Hernández in 1984.

Hernández is one of 10 players to win the MVP and Cy Young awards in the same season, along with Don Newcombe in 1956, Koufax in 1963, McLain in 1968, Bob Gibson in 1968, Rollie Fingers in 1981, Roger Clemens in 1986, Dennis Eckersley. in 1992, Justin Verlander in 2011 and Clayton Kershaw in 2014.

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