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Encyclopedia > Keith Hernandez
Keith Hernandez
First base
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 30, 1974 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Final game
July 24, 1990 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average     .296
Hits     2182
Runs scored     1124
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Keith Hernandez (born October 20, 1953 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1974-1983), New York Mets (1983-1989), and Cleveland Indians (1990). He batted and threw left-handed, and through most of his career was listed as being 6 feet tall and 195 pounds. The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... August 30 is the 242nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (243rd in leap years), with 123 days remaining. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... 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Hernandez attended Capuchino High School and the College of San Mateo (also known as San Mateo Junior College). Capuchino High School is a public high school in San Bruno, California. ... The College of San Mateo is a public community college in San Mateo County, California, formerly known as San Mateo Junior College (SMJC). ...

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Professional career

Hernandez was drafted by the Cardinals in the 42nd round of the 1971 draft, as the 776th overall player. He quickly rose to the upper echelon in the League. In 1979, he led the league with a .344 batting average, 48 doubles, and 116 runs scored, and went on to share the National League's Most Valuable Player Award with Willie Stargell. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Wilver Dornel Willie Stargell (March 6, 1940 – April 9, 2001), nicknamed Pops in the later years of his career, was a professional baseball player who played his entire Major League career (1962-1982) with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an outfielder and first baseman. ...


In 1982, the Cardinals won the World Series, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. In Game 6, Hernandez and Cardinal catcher Darrell Porter hit home runs in a 13-1 St. Louis victory. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... The 1982 World Series matched the St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 19, 34, 42, 44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None... Darrell Ray Porter (January 17, 1952 – August 5, 2002) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball, and one of the first American professional athletes to publicly admit he had a problem with substance abuse. ...


After several disagreements with Cardinal management, Hernandez was traded to the Mets on June 15, 1983. The Cardinals received pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey in return. The trade was arguably the best in Mets history (or, at least, before the acquisition of future Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza). From a strictly talent standpoint, it was a terrible one for the Cardinals, but Manager Whitey Herzog felt that Hernandez had become a cancer on his team [1]and never regretted the trade. He soon replaced Hernandez with fellow All-Star Jack Clark and won two more pennants in the next four years. Hernandez, with the Mets, was determined to prove Herzog wrong, helping to fuel a rivalry between the two teams in the mid-1980s. June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Neil Allen (born January 24, 1958) became the bullpen coach for the New York Yankees in 2005. ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... Whitey Herzog (born November 9, 1931) is a former major league baseball player and manager. ... Jack Clark is the name of: A former Major League Baseball player: see Jack Clark (baseball) A former television announcer: see Jack Clark (television) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In 1985, Hernandez's cocaine use, which had been the subject of persistent rumors and the chief source of friction between Hernandez and Herzog, became a matter of public record as a result of the Pittsburgh trial of drug dealer Curtis Strong. Hernandez made a successful recovery. Cocaine is one hell of a drug and manny is back ...

For more details on this topic, see Pittsburgh drug trials.

Hernandez wore uniform number 18 for the first two years of his career. In 1976, he switched to number 37, insisting that his uniform number end with a "7" in honor of Mickey Mantle. The Mets had retired number 37 for former manager Casey Stengel, so Hernandez switched to number 17, which he wore for the remainder of his career. His arrival and veteran leadership seemed to give the Mets confidence and credibility. In 1984, his first full season with the team, the Mets improved from a record of 68-94 to 90-72. The Mets finished second behind the Chicago Cubs in 1984 and the Cardinals in 1985, but won the World Series in 1986. The following season, Hernandez was named the first team captain in franchise history. The Pittsburgh drug trials of 1985 were the catalyst for a baseball-related cocaine scandal which resulted in the harshest Major League Baseball penalties since the Black Sox scandal of 1919. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... {{Infobox baseball player|name=Mickey Mantle|image Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ... Casey Stengel, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers Charles Dillon Stengel (July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975) was a famous baseball player and manager. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ...


Hernandez was often compared to New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly. Both had won several Gold Gloves, a batting title and a Most Valuable Player award. Unfortunately, both players also had their careers curtailed by back injuries. Hernandez also suffered from knee and hamstring problems. By 1988, at the age of just 34, Hernandez began a sharp decline, and the Mets chose not to re-sign him after his contract ran out at the close of the 1989 season. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Donald Arthur Mattingly (nicknamed Donnie Baseball and The Hit Man) (born April 20, 1961) is a retired first baseman who played for the New York Yankees of the American League from 1982-1995. ... Hamstring refers to the common tendon of the muscles making up the ham in animals, primarily the semitendinosus and biceps femoris. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


On December 7, 1989, the Cleveland Indians signed Hernandez to a contract, but back injuries led to his appearance in only 43 games in the 1990 season. Hernandez retired after the season. December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present) Cleveland Stadium (1932-1993)* a. ... // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Jim Palmer, a three-time American League Cy Young Award winner, and Joe Morgan, a two-time National League MVP, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first years of eligibility. ...


Hernandez never received enough support from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2004, after nine years on the ballot, he received votes from fewer than 5% of the writers, disqualifying himself for further eligibility. Hernandez may still be considered for induction by the Veterans Committee in 2011, twenty years after his retirement. official logo The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) is a professional association for baseball journalists writing for daily newspapers and magazines. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The Veterans Committee, officially the Committee on Baseball Veterans, is a committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame that provides a second chance for Hall of Fame election to players passed over in regular Hall of Fame balloting. ... 2011 (MMXI) will be a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Defensive skills

According to Marty Noble of MLB.com, Keith Hernandez may have been the best defensive first baseman in MLB history. For instance, Hernandez had such a strong, accurate throwing arm that, as a result, the Mets re-routed their relays through him.


Also, due to his quick instincts, Hernandez was able to play farther off first base than other first basemen, allowing the other infielders to play farther to their right.


He was the most aggressive first baseman, occasionally discouraging opponents to bunt merely by reputation. Pete Rose, when he managed the Reds, compared bunting against Hernandez to "driving the lane against Bill Russell," and Jim Frey, the Cubs manager, said he wouldn't ask most pitchers to bunt against the Mets. "You're just asking for a forceout at second, and now you've got your pitcher running the bases," he said.


Astros manager Hal Lanier said the combination of Hernandez at first and any one of three Mets pitchers -- Ron Darling, Roger McDowell or Jesse Orosco -- made bunting against the Mets "near impossible."


Hernandez also revolutionized the position -- until umpires disallowed what he did -- by taking pickoff throws while essentially squatting in foul territory so that he could make tags to his right more readily.


Furthermore, Marty Noble of MLB.com estimated that the difference between Hernandez’s defensive abilities and any other first baseman is greater than the differences separating the top two defenders at any other position. For example, whether one believes that Ozzie Smith, Omar Vizquel or Mark Belanger was the best defensive shortstop, one would also recognize the other two as comparable. The same with Willie Mays, Andruw Jones, Paul Blair and Ken Berry in center field or Jim Kaat, Greg Maddux or Bobby Shantz among pitchers.


Therefore, although Don Mattingly, John Olerud, Mike Squiers, Vic Power, George Scott and Gil Hodges were comparable to Hernandez, none was so aggressive or active as Hernandez. The late Jack Lang covered Hodges at his best and, later, Hernandez. At some point in the summer of 1984, he acknowledged Hernandez was a superior first baseman.


Achievements

  • Won 11 consecutive Gold Glove Awards (1978-1988) at first base.
  • Won the 1979 National League MVP award along with Willie Stargell.
  • Hit 129 game-winning RBI's throughout his career
  • Holds the career record for game winning RBI, a statistic that was only official from 1980-1988. His career record is 129. The season record (also by Hernandez) is 24, set in 1985.
  • Batted over .300 seven times in his career.
  • Was a member of two World Series Championship teams.
  • Is the National League all-time leader in assists by a first baseman.
  • Was elected to the All-Star Game five times. (1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, and 1987)
  • Was the National League Silver Slugger at first base in 1980 and 1984.
  • Led the National League in runs scored (1979 and 1980), doubles (1979), on-base percentage (1980) and walks (1986).
  • Inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • Voted Mets' all-time first baseman by fans in celebration of the team's 40th anniversary in 2002.

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Retirement

Hernandez has enjoyed success in his post-baseball career. He has become an author, writing two books, "If at First: A Season With the Mets" (his diary of the Mets' 1985 season) and "Pure Baseball: Pitch by Pitch for the Advanced Fan". "Pure Baseball" gives fans a detailed pitch-by-pitch player's look into baseball strategy.


Hernandez guest starred as himself in "The Boyfriend," a two-part 1992 episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. In the episode, Hernandez dated Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Jerry Seinfeld (himself) developed the male-bonding equivalent of a crush on him. A subplot of the episode spoofed the "Magic Bullet Theory" from the JFK assassination. On June 14, 1987, the Mets were playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Shea Stadium. Hernandez committed an error in the ninth inning, allowing the Philies to score five runs, costing the Mets the game. Hernandez exited the player's gate, where Kramer (Michael Richards) and Newman (Wayne Knight) were waiting. Newman told him, "Nice game, pretty boy!" Kramer and Newman then spent the next five years claiming that Hernandez had spit on them, when in fact they learned that it was really Mets pitcher Roger McDowell (a "second spitter", as Jerry had postulated). Coincidentally, Wayne Knight, who plays Newman, appeared in JFK. (In reality, the Mets were on the road that day, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-3 at Three Rivers Stadium. There is no record of Hernandez making such a rally-aiding ninth-inning error in real life.) Hernandez also appeared in the final episode of Seinfeld, which aired in 1998. The Boyfriend (or The Boy Friend) is a musical by Sandy Wilson, first performed in the West End in 1954. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1992. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... This article is about the sitcom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Julia Elizabeth Scarlett Louis-Dreyfus (born January 13, 1961) is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award-winning American actress and comedian who gained popularity while playing the role of Elaine Benes on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld in the 1990s. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 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Hernandez is also a baseball commentator, currently serving as the Mets game analyst on SportsNet New York television broadcasts. SportsNet New York, also known as SNY, is a New York City-based sports cable network which airs in the New York metro area and all of New York state, and nationwide via satellite. ...


Criticism

In the February 27, 1995 issue of Sports Illustrated, writer Tom Verducci criticized Hernandez for his negative influence on young Mets stars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, whose careers were shortened by substance abuse problems: February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Dwight Eugene Gooden (born November 16, 1964 in Tampa, Florida), a. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ...

The most influential player on those Met teams of the mid- to late-1980s was Hernandez, the smarmy first baseman who, during 1985 drug trials in Pittsburgh involving 23 baseball players, admitted using cocaine while he was with St. Louis in the early '80s. Hernandez advised Strawberry on how to break out of a batting slump: Go out and get totally smashed. Strawberry remembers the time Hernandez told him he'd found the perfect drink, of which he needed only five or six in a night: "Dry martini," Strawberry says, laughing.[2]

On April 22, 2006, Hernandez created a controversy during the broadcast of a game against the San Diego Padres. After witnessing Padres team massage therapist Kelly Calabrese giving San Diego catcher Mike Piazza a high five in the dugout after he hit a home run, Hernandez said, "Who is the girl in the dugout, with the long hair? What's going on here? You have got to be kidding me. Only player personnel in the dugout."' After Hernandez was informed later in the broadcast that Calabrese was a club employee, he maintained his position, stating "I won't say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout." After the game, San Diego manager Bruce Bochy expressed displeasure with Hernandez's comments.[2] Keith apologized and alluded to his words being nothing more than tomfoolery by saying, "you know I am only teasing. I love you gals out there — always have." The Pittsburgh drug trials of 1985 were the catalyst for a baseball-related cocaine scandal which resulted in the harshest Major League Baseball penalties since the Black Sox scandal of 1919. ... April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... A high five is a celebratory gesture made by two people, each raising one hand to slap the raised hand of the other - usually meant to communicate to spectators mutual self-satisfaction or to extend congratulations from one person to another. ... Bruce Douglas Bochy (born April 16, 1955 in Landes de Boussac, France) is the manager of the San Francisco Giants. ...


New York Post Columnist Phil Mushnick added an interesting take on the controversy, The New York Post is the 13th-oldest[] newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ... Phil Mushnick is a sportswriter who writes a sports media column for the New York Post. ...

"He tried to represent that Kelly Calabrese didn't belong in the dugout, in uniform, because she had no immediate on-field official business. But his original gripe was with a woman being in the dugout. Such is Keith Hernandez. He's arrogant, vain, condescending, impolitic, opinionated, judgmental, profane, sarcastic, obnoxious and scornful. And because of it, rather than in spite of it, he's among the best pure baseball analysts we've ever heard or ever hoped to hear. I suppose that our advice to Hernandez would be to better choose his spots, better pick his fights. But if that means pulling his punches or ignoring something that bothers him, we don't want that, either." [3]

Trivia

  • Was the first Mets team captain.
  • Eleven different Met players have worn his number 17 in the 16 seasons since Hernandez left, most notably, pitcher David Cone. In 1991, Cone switched from 44 to 17 in tribute to Hernandez. Former teammates Ron Darling, Bob Ojeda and Roger McDowell all wore number 17 in tribute to Hernandez for teams they played for after leaving the Mets.
  • Is a strong supporter of the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter. His mother, Jacqueline Hernandez lost a nine-year battle with Alzheimer's in 1989.
  • Along with fellow New York sports legend-turned-broadcaster Walt Frazier of the New York Knicks, has been a spokesperson for the Just for Men hair-care line.
  • Is nicknamed "Mex", although his heritage is part Spaniard and part Scots-Irish, not Mexican.
  • Is an American Civil War buff.
  • Claims Victor Hugo is his favorite author.
  • Known to frequent Elaine's, New York City's famed Upper East Side night spot.
  • Married to Kai Whitman Thomson. Rusty Staub, the former Met star and teammate of Hernandez, gave Kai away at the Jupiter, Florida wedding. Hernandez and Thomson were both previously married.
  • Represented by agent Don Buchwald, who also represents Howard Stern.
  • Was used as an archetype in independent filmmaker Rob Perri's film "I'm Keith Hernandez" [3]. The film played at the 2007 New York Underground Film Festival.
  • Inspiration for a quirky Chuck Norris-esque blog aimed to get Keith in the Hall of Fame entitled Quest for Keith

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External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis

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References

  1. ^ Whitey Herzog w/Jonathan Pitts, You're Missin' a Great Game, 1999, p.188-89.
  2. ^ "Bochy takes shot at Hernandez's remarks", Associated Press, Published April 23, 2006, Accessed April 23, 2006.
  3. ^ [1] Film Website
Preceded by
Mike Schmidt
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Pete Rose
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Mike Schmidt
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National League Player of the Month
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