Former star relief pitcher and three-time MLB All-Star Willie Hernandez has died at the age of 69, as per MLB insider Hector Gomez.

Hernandez had a 13 year career in Major League Baseball. He began his career with the Chicago Cubs and then was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983. Hernandez helped the Phillies win the National League Pennant.

The Phillies lost the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles. Hernandez appeared in three games in the 1983 World Series, giving up zero hits and zero runs.

Hernandez had 8 wins, 7 saves and a 3.29 ERA in 63 games for the Phillies in his only MLB season with them. He was originally signed by the Phillies in 1973 as an amateur free agent and spent three years in their farm system.

In 1984, Hernandez was traded to the Detroit Tigers. He helped the Tigers win the World Series in 1984.

Hernandez compiled a 9–3 record with 32 saves and a 1.92 ERA. He became only the third player in major-league history to win the Cy Young Award, MVP Award, and World Series title, all in the same season.

For his career, Hernandez had a 70-63 record, 147 saves and a 3.38 ERA in 744 games played.

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