In 1984, the Detroit Tigers won the World Series, thanks in large part to the efforts of pitcher Willie Hernández. That year, Hernández had a standout season, earning both the American League MVP and Cy Young Awards. He was an integral part of the team’s success, appearing in 80 games and notching 32 saves while striking out a career-high 112 batters in just 140.1 innings.
Hernández’s contributions did not go unnoticed by his teammates or fans. Alan Trammell, a former teammate of Hernández, remembered him fondly as a great teammate and expressed his sorrow over the news of his passing. The Tigers also issued a statement expressing their deep sadness over Hernández’s passing, highlighting his crucial role in the team’s World Series victory and his MVP and Cy Young honors that year.
Hernández joined the Tigers in 1984 and finished his career with them in 1989 at the age of 34. Before joining the Tigers, he spent six-plus seasons with the Chicago Cubs before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He will be remembered for his vital contribution to the Tigers’ world championship win in 1984 and for being one of just three relievers in MLB history to win both MVP and Cy Young awards in the same season. This story is still developing, and updates will be provided as they become available.