Legendary Former Phillies Closer Passes Away

Baseball Mourns Willie Hernandez: The baseball world is in mourning after the legendary closer Willie Hernandez passed away at the age of 69 on Monday.

Impressive Career: A native of Puerto Rico, Hernandez had a remarkable 13-year MLB career from 1977 to 1989, earning three All-Star selections while playing for teams like the Phillies, Cubs, and Tigers.

Standout Season with the Tigers: Hernandez's greatest success came with the Tigers in 1984. 

World Series Triumph: Hernandez played a crucial role in helping the Tigers win the World Series in 1984, contributing three saves and a 1.93 ERA in the postseason.

Key Player for the Tigers: Despite being part of a star-studded Tigers team, including players like Trammell, Whitaker, Gibson, and Morris.

Missed Opportunities for the Phillies: The Phillies may have regretted letting Hernandez go twice. 

Short but Impactful Phillies Stint: Despite a short time with the Phillies, Hernandez made a significant impact, contributing to a pennant-winning team.

Legacy Beyond Statistics: While Hernandez found more success with the Tigers, his contributions to the Phillies, both times he played for them, should not be forgotten.

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