The Mets thought they had pulled off a steal when they acquired shortstop Tony Fernandez from the San Diego Padres in exchange for D.J. Dozier, Wally Whitehurst and Raul Casanova on October 26, 1992. After all Fernandez was a former all-star and gold glove shortstop. But unfortunately, it did not work out as planned.
Fernandez was the Mets opening day shortstop in 1993. He would hit safely in six of his first eight games but then completely struggled. His struggles eventually led him to be dropped from the number two spot in the lineup to the number eight spot. After 48 games Fernandez was hitting just .225 and the Mets had seen enough. On June 11, they traded Fernandez to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Darrin Jackson.
His final numbers with the Mets – .225 average with a home run and 14 RBIs.
While with the Mets Fernandez wore number 1.
Tony Fernandez also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1983-1990, 1993, 1998, 1999,2001
San Diego Padres – 1991,1992
Cincinnati Reds – 1994
New York Yankees – 1995
Cleveland Indians – 1997
Milwaukee Brewers – 2001