Clara Fernandez is the wife of the late Tony Fernández, a Dominican baseball shortstop who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for seven teams, most notably the Toronto Blue Jays. He was known for his defensive skills, setting a nine-year record for shortstops with a .992 fielding percentage in 1989, while still holding the single-season fielding percentage record for third basemen with .991 in 1994.
He is reported to have died on February 15th, 2020.
Clara Fernandez & Tony Fernández
Fernández was married to Clara Fernandez till the time of his death on February 15, 2020. The couple was blessed with five children. The children are Joel, Jonathan Abraham, Andres, and Jasmine.
Fernandez had struggled with kidney issues for years and was hospitalized with polycystic kidney disease in 2017. Polycystic kidney disease is a disorder that causes cysts to grow in the kidneys and can eventually lead to kidney failure.
On February 1, the Tony Fernandez Foundation confirmed that the star had been hospitalized in Florida and was in critical condition. Imrad Hallim, the director of the foundation, told The Canadian Press that Fernandez had developed pneumonia and had to be placed in an induced coma to stabilize him.
On February 2nd, His wife in a statement said: “His condition remains the same, in the induced coma, but he is stable. I feel that he is better and that he is going to recover, he has never given up. With the prayers, the good wishes and the help of God, I’m sure Tony will get over this.”
Clara Fernandez, Tony's wife: "His condition remains the same, in the induced coma, but he is stable. I feel that he is better and that he is going to recover, he has never give up. With the prayers, the good wishes and the help of God, I'm sure Tony will get over this." pic.twitter.com/t3NatE6scx
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) February 2, 2020
Fernandez had been on a waiting list for years to receive a new kidney and had been living on dialysis. Dominican news sites have reported that Fernandez died on Saturday, February 15th, 202o after suffering a stroke as a complication from his kidney disease.
MLB’s Spanish Twitter account confirmed Fernandez’s death on Saturday, saying he had “left for a better life.” The tweet continues, “He gave us 17 years as a baseball player in #LasMayores and a lifetime of pure baseball.”
Tony Fernández partió a mejor vida. ? Nos regaló 17 años como pelotero en #LasMayores y toda una vida de puro béisbol. pic.twitter.com/xUohsN3Pdn
— LasMayores (@LasMayores) February 16, 2020
Tony Fernández Net Worth
Fernández had an estimated net worth of $75 Million at the time of his death.