Surprise, Ariz. – The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has hired Tony Fernandez as Special Assistant to the General Manager. He will be in uniform during this year’s Spring Training and assist the Rangers throughout the season.
"We're excited to welcome Tony to our organization,” said General Manager Jon Daniels. “His work ethic and performance on the field are matched only by his grace and commitment to the community. He'll be able to help our players in a number of ways."
A five-time All-Star and winner of four consecutive Gold Glove Awards (1986-89), Fernandez had a 17-year major league career with Toronto (1983-90, 1993, 1998-99, 2001), San Diego (1991-92), New York-NL (1993), Cincinnati (1994), New York-AL (1995), Cleveland (1997), and Milwaukee (2001). He had a .288 average in 2158 major league games, compiling 2276 career hits. He played in the postseason for five different clubs, including the Blue Jays' 1993 World Championship squad.
Fernandez had a career .327 average in 43 postseason games, including a .395 mark with 13 RBI in 11 World Series contests. Primarily a shortstop throughout his career, his .979 fielding percentage at the position ranks sixth all-time among players with at least 1000 games there, just ahead of Cal Ripken Jr. He led A.L. shortstops in fielding percentage twice in his career, and is among a small group of players honored on the Blue Jays' "Level of Excellence".
Since his playing days ended, Fernandez has earned several degrees in ministry school and is an ordained minister. He assists in running the operations of the Tony Fernandez Foundation, a non-profit organization with offices in Canada, the U.S., and Dominican Republic that helps people in need all over the world.