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Encyclopedia > Orlando Hernández

Orlando Hernández Pedroso (born October 11, 1965 in Villa Clara, Cuba), also nicknamed "El Duque", is a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher. October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in Leap years). ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Villa Clara is one of the provinces of Cuba. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ...

Hernández decided to defect from Cuba in 1997, in order to play in the major leagues. He is the older half-brother of pitcher Liván, like Orlando, another defector in 1995. Eisler Liván Hernández Carrera (born February 20, 1975 in Villa Clara, Cuba), better known as Liván Hernández [lee-VAHN er-NAN-deth], is a right-handed starting pitcher who plays with the Washington Nationals. ...

Before the 2005 season, the Chicago White Sox agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Hernandez, who had been with the New York Yankees (1998-2002, 2004). He also was on the Expos roster in 2003 but never played a game for them due to an injury. Chicago White Sox American League AAA Charlotte Knights AA Birmingham Barons A Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators R Bristol White Sox Great Falls White Sox The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... New York Yankees American League AAA Columbus Clippers AA Trenton Thunder A Charleston RiverDogs Tampa Yankees Staten Island Yankees R Gulf Coast Yankees The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ...

Hernández enjoyed his best year in 1999, with a 17-9 record and setting career-highs in strikeouts (157) and innings pitched (214.1). After the regular season, he was selected the Most Valuable Player in the American League Championship Series. In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS) determines who wins the American League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series. ...

In a six-year career, Hernández has a 61-40 record with 703 strikeouts and a 3.96 ERA in 876 innings. In baseball statistics, earned run average (denoted by ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ...

Hernandez has a rather unique windup, one in which he rapidly, in a reflex-like motion, kicks his leg up high while lowering his glove behind that leg, before throwing the ball.


  • When Hernández signed with the Yankees in 1998, he claimed to have been born in 1969. Nevertheless, court documents from Cuba, namely a divorce decree, show his year of birth as 1965. [1] (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/elduque1.html)

Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage, which can be contrasted with an annulment which is a declaration that a marriage is void, though the effects of marriage may be recognized in such unions, such as spousal support, child custody and distribution of property. ...

See also

This is an alphabetical list of 147 baseball players from Cuba which had played in Major League Baseball between 1871 and 2004. ...

External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com (http://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hernaor01.shtml) - career statistics and analysis
  • ESPN profile and daily update (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6019)
  • Baseball Library (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/H/Hernandez_Orlando.stm)



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