Simon: Tony Fernandez mulls Indians’ near-miss in 1997

From SABR member Mark Simon at on October 26, 2016:

It’s the postseason, so Tony Fernandez is watching, at least as time permits between tending to his sports ministry and his charitable foundation for underprivileged children, which he has been running since 1995 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The former infielder amassed 2,276 hits, five All-Star appearances and four Gold Gloves in a 17-year career. He also had split allegiances in the American League Championship Series given that one team was the Toronto Blue Jays, for whom he played 12 seasons and helped them win a World Series in 1993; he was inducted last week into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

The other was the Cleveland Indians, with whom he went to the World Series in 1997, his only season with the team, and whose star shortstop, Francisco Lindor, is a player Fernandez likes watching.

The Indians are back in the World Series for the first time since Fernandez’s appearance, and you’ll likely see him featured in video flashbacks tied to 1997.

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Originally published: October 27, 2016. Last Updated: October 27, 2016.