“I want to thank God for blessing me, and my parents for giving me a chance in this beautiful country after risking so much to bring me from Cuba and giving me an opportunity to dream big. It’s such an honor to be recognized among the elite athletes from Sacramento.
Major League Baseball
High School: Valley
College: Cosumnes River College, Arizona State
* MLB Career: 12 Years (Seattle, New York Mets, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Detroit)
* MLB All-Star Selection (1998)
* 2 Time Gold Glove Award Winner (2001, 2002)
* USA Olympic Team Member (1989)
* Arizona State Hall of Fame (2011)
* Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Fame (2014)
Fernando made his way from Cuba after the high risks his parents took to get him to Sacramento. He grew up in South Sacramento and attended Valley High School where he became an elite baseball player. He then earned a scholarship to Arizona State University. At ASU he ranked third in the nation in batting with 108 hits and captured the Pac-10 batting title in 1990. That season he only struck out seven times in 279 at-bats. He played for Team USA that was able to travel to Cuba in 1989.
During his 12-year Major League career, Fernando was one of the best second basemen in the game with exceptional quick hands and great footwork. He was a tremendous hitter who could hit the ball to all fields and had a .lifetime batting average of .282 in 1,148 games played. He was a National League All-Star in 1998 and was a 2-time Gold Glove winner while stealing 116 bases. He is most known for his time playing in Milwaukee and St. Louis. He hit the first inside-the-park home run ever in both AT&T Park and Miller Park.
After retiring, Fernando was a studio analyst for ESPN on Baseball Tonight. Fernando is a well known Sacramento area talent and is still active in the community, taking part in Special Olympic programs and has made significant contributions throughout the community as well.
Fernando is known as one of the best infielders and solid hitters from our area and is another in the long line of Sacramento area baseball players that had a tremendous Major League career.