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Keith Hernandez

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Keith Hernandez was an American professional baseball player, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals (1974-1983), New York Mets (1983-1989), and Cleveland Indians (1990). Hernandez was born on October 20, 1953, in San Francisco, CA. His family moved to the suburbs, down the Peninsula, and he went to Capuchino High School. He attended College of San Mateo (also known as San Mateo Junior College). He was drafted by the Cardinals in the 42nd round of the 1971 draft, as the 776th overall player drafted.

Hernandez was a left handed batter and thrower, and was 6 feet tall. His playing weight was listed as 195 pounds.

Known for his outstanding defense, he won 11 consecutive Gold Glove Awards (1978-1988) at first base. 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 MVP award that year with Willie Stargell.

Shortly after leading the Mets to a World Series win in 1986, he was named the first team captain in franchise history.

For the first two years of his career, he wore uniform number 18. In 1976, he switched to number 37. Upon being traded to the Mets, he switched to uniform number 17, which he wore for the remainder of his career as a Met, as well as the Indians.

Hernandez was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1997.

Career Transactions

Jun 15, 1983 : Traded to New York Mets for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.

Dec 07, 1989 : Signed with Cleveland Indians as a free agent.

Trivia

Hernandez once guest starred as himself in a two-part episode of Seinfeld.

Hernandez holds the career record for game winning RBI, a statistic that was only official from 1980-1988. He holds the career record with 129, and the season record with 24, set in 1985.

Hernandez was elected to the All-Star game five times, in 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, and 1987.

Hernandez was the first baseman on the National League Silver Slugger team in 1980 and 1984.

Hernandez was a member of two World Series winners - the 1982 Cardinals and 1986 Mets.

Hernandez won 11 straight Gold Gloves at first base, from 1978 to 1988.

Hernandez along with Walt Frazier have been spokespeople for the Just For Men hair-care line.

Hernandez has been providing color commentary on television broadcasts for NY Mets games since 2004.

Career Statistics

Games

2,088

At Bats

7,370

Runs

1,124

Hits

2,182

Doubles

426

Triples

60

Home Runs

162

RBI

1,071

Walks

1,070

Intentional Walks

130

Strikeouts

1,012

Sacrifice Hits

10

Sacrifice Flies

71

Hit By Pitch

32

Double Plays (offensive)

161

|Batting Average

.296

On Base Percentage

.384

Slugging Percentage

.436

OPS

.820

Stolen Bases

98

Caught Stealing

63

Total Chances

19,713

Putouts

17,916

Assists

1,682

Errors

115

Double Plays (Defensive)

1,654

Fielding Percentage

.994

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