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Hernandez pitching for the Tigers
Hernandez pitching for the Tigers

Guillermo Hernandez Villanueva ("Willie Hernández") (born November 14, 1954 in Aguada, Puerto Rico) is a former relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (1977-1983), Philadelphia Phillies (End of 1983), and the Detroit Tigers (1984-1989). He threw and batted left-handed. November 14 is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 47 days remaining. ... 1954 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Aguada is a municipality of United States Categories: Stub | Municipalities of Puerto Rico ... A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness or fatigue. ... Chicago Cubs National League AAA Iowa Cubs AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx A Daytona Cubs Peoria Chiefs Boise Hawks R Mesa Cubs The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago. ... Philadelphia Phillies - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Detroit Tigers American League AAA Toledo Mud Hens AA Erie SeaWolves A Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers R GCL Tigers The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. ...


Career Overview

Most say Hernandez will generally be remembered as one of the best relievers of all time.

In his first two years in the majors ('77 and '78), Hernandez was excellent. Going 16-9 total with a 3.03 ERA in '77 and a 3.77 ERA in '78. After the two brilliant seasons, Hernandez failed to be as impressive in the next few years. The Cubs gave him a try as a starter in 1980, but it failed miserably, as he went 1-9 that year in 7 starts and 53 games. Although his 4.40 ERA that year wasn't bad, it was clear he was best as a reliever. ERA is an abbreviation for several different things, including: the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed, but unratified, Constitutional amendment in United States Earned run average, a baseball statistic Engine Room Artificer Education Reform Act Engineering Research Associates, a pioneering computer firm from the 1950s Academy of European Law Trier Explosive... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

From 1979-1982, Hernandez was 9-19 and gave up 128 earned runs in that time. But after being traded to the Phillies for Bill Johnson and Dick Ruthven, his talent seemed to be resparked. The May 22 trade marked a turning point in his career. With the Phillies that year, he went 8-4 with 3.29 ERA and 7 saves. The Phillies would make the World Series that year and lose to the Baltimore Orioles in 5 games. In baseball, an earned run is any run for which the pitcher is held accountable (i. ... May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... The 1983 World Series matched the American League champion Baltimore Orioles against the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies, with the Orioles winning four games to one. ... Baltimore Orioles American League AAA Ottawa Lynx AA Bowie Baysox A Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds R Bluefield Orioles Sarasota Orioles The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ...

After another trade sent him to the Tigers in 1984, Hernandez would put up some astonishing statistics playing many different roles for the Tigers, and playing them all to perfection.

1984 statistics: (italics represent a career high)

Possibly even more amazing than his main pitching statistics was what he gave up. In the entire season, Hernandez gave up only 6 home runs, 30 runs, 36 base on balls, and 96 hits. 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 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, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is used in baseball to track the performance of pitchers and batters. ... In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), sometimes called a base hit, is credited to a batter when he safely reaches first base after batting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielders choice. ...

So, it was no surprise he would be considered for not only the Cy Young Award, but the Most Valuable Player Award as well. He would win the Cy Young Award beating out 2nd place Dan Quisenberry. And Edging out Kent Hrbek, he became one of the few relievers to ever win the MVP award. The Tigers finished 104-58 that season, and went on to beat the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series. Hernandez and the Tigers would go on to crush the San Diego Padres in the 1984 World Series as well, 4 games to 1. Hernandez pitched 5 innings in the series, had 2 saves, and gave up only 1 run. Many reffered to it as "The Perfect Season." 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. ... Daniel Raymond Quisenberry (February 7, 1953 - September 30, 1998) was a Major League Baseball player, primarily as a star relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. ... Kent Hrbek (born May 21, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) was a US-American baseball player. ... Kansas City Royals American League AAA Omaha Royals AA Wichita Wranglers A High Desert Mavericks Burlington Bees R Arizona Royals Idaho Falls Chukars The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. ... 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. ... For the minor league franchise in the Pacific Coast League, see: San Diego Padres (PCL). ... The 1984 World Series began on October 9, 1984 and ended October 14. ...

His overall postseason stats include a 2-2 record and a 1.32 ERA in 10 games, 13 innings pitched. He walked 2, and struck out 7.

He never had quite those numbers again, but was a truly solid reliever for the Tigers in his final years. In 1988, his second-to-last year, he went 6-5 with a 3.06 ERA and 10 saves in 67 innings pitched. Hernandez's last game was on August 18, 1989, before being released by Detroit. 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 18 is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Other Stats


Hernandez had 4 errors in 744 games, which is normal for a pitcher. He had a fielding percentage of .983. He started 12 double plays in his career. In baseball, an error is the act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or runner to reach one or more additional bases, on a play that would normally be completed successfully with ordinary effort. ... In baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player handles a batted ball properly. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ...


In 63 career at bats, Hernandez had 13 hits, which was a .206 batting average. He had 3 RBI's over the course of his career. Only 1 of the 63 at bats came in the American League. In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


  • 1984 Cy Young Award winner
  • 1984 MVP Award winner
  • 1984 The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award
  • Led the league in appearances in 1984 (80)
  • Led the league in games finished in 1984 (68)
  • 3-time All-star (1984, 1985, 1986)

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See Also

  Results from FactBites:
Willie Hern├índez - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (453 words)
Guillermo Hernandez Villanueva ("Willie Hernández") (born November 14, 1954 in Aguada, Puerto Rico) is a former relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs (1977-1983), Philadelphia Phillies (1983), and the Detroit Tigers (1984-1989).
In his first two years in the majors ('77 and '78), Hernandez went 16-9 with a 3.03 ERA in '77 and a 3.77 ERA in '78.
Hernandez failed to be as impressive in the next few years.
A flurry of emotions on the court (August 09, 2002) (1106 words)
Off the court, Hernandez is as diffident, mellow and polite as she is focused on hard court.
Hernandez advanced by beating fourth-seeded Connie Chang 7-6, 6-2, and earlier won two matches Wednesday; she breezed past Julie Martin, 6-1, 6-1 in the morning, and then whipped through Elizabeth Targan, 6-0, 6-1 later that afternoon.
And Willie was able to realize this dream when intensive training between father and daughter started in 1997 (when the family returned from Willie's homeland of the Philippines to America).
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