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Position: P      Born: Oct 12, 1962      Bats: Left      Throws: Left

A left-handed starting pitcher, "El Sid" relied on an erratic delivery and a rising fastball to fool batters. A native Hawaiian, he always wore number 50 to honor his home state.

His best season was 1986 when he went 16-6 for the Mets. That year, he became the first native Hawaiian to appear in an All-Star Game, his first of two consecutive trips to the Midsummer Classic.

Ironically, his best moment was in Game 4 of the 1986 World Series, when he pitched in relief. Mets manager Davey Johnson was unwilling to start a lefty in Fenway Park, but trailing Boston 3-0 in the fourth inning with two outs and a man on second, Johnson called Fernandez to the mound from the bullpen. Though he walked the first batter he faced, Wade Boggs, he retired the next seven, four of them on strikeouts, and the Mets went on to win the game.

Plagued by injuries the next few seasons, New York did not re-sign him after 1993, so he moved on to Baltimore, and then Philadelphia, as a free agent. The Astros signed him for the 1997 season, but after starting only one game (5 IP, 4 hits, 1 HR, 2 ER, earning the win), he retired.