In 1984, the Detroit Tigers won the World Series thanks in part to the efforts of former pitcher Willie Hernández. That year, Hernández had a standout season and was awarded both the American League MVP and Cy Young Awards. He also earned a career-high 112 strikeouts in 140.1 innings while appearing in 80 games and notching 32 saves.
Hernández’s impact on the Tigers’ success cannot be overstated. He played a critical role in their run of three consecutive All-Star appearances, including their victory in the World Series. The Tigers expressed their deep sadness over his passing at the age of 69, highlighting his integral role in their championship run and his recognition with MVP and Cy Young honors.
Former teammate Alan Trammell remembered Hernández as a great teammate and expressed his sorrow over the news of his passing. Hernández joined the Tigers in 1984 and finished his career 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.
Hernández will be remembered for his vital contribution to the Tigers’ world championship win in 1984, where he earned 78% of the MVP votes. He is also one of just three relievers in MLB history to win both the MVP and Cy Young Awards in the same season. This story is still developing, and updates will be provided as they become available.