Keith Hernandez had worn out his welcome with the St. Louis Cardinal’s Manager, Whitey Herzog, and the 1979 National League MVP and 1982 World Series Champion started new with the New York Mets.  Luckily for New York, there was a lot left in his tank when he got there.

Hernandez, who was labeled a cancer by Herzog, became the clubhouse leader and captain of the Mets, a team he would help take to the World Series and win in 1986.  While he would not win an MVP with the Mets (as he did in St. Louis), he finished 2nd in ’84 and had two other seasons where he finished in the top ten in voting.  He remained a skilled hitter, finishing over .300 in batting with the Mets four times and had an On Base Percentage over .400 three times with New York.  He also continued his reputation for being a tenacious defender at First Base and he earned five Gold Gloves while playing in New York.

Oh, and he was in a Seinfeld episode.  Basically, we are saying that this a New York City icon here.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base
  • Acquired: Traded from the St. Louis Cardinals for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey 6/15/83.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent by the Cleveland Indians 12/7/89.
  • Games Played: 880
  • Notable Statistics: 455 Runs Scored
    939 Hits
    159 Doubles
    10 Triples
    80 Home Runs
    468 RBI
    17 Stolen Bases
    .297/.387/.429 Slash Line
    26.5 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1986)
    All Star Game (1984, 1986 & 1987)
    Silver Slugger (1984)
    Gold Glove (1983*, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 & 1989)
    Most Walks (1986)
    Most Putouts by a First Baseman (1983*)
    Most Assists by a First Baseman (1984, 1985 & 1987)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a First Baseman (1983* & 1984)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a First Baseman (1983*, 1984 & 1985)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a First Baseman (1983*)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a First Baseman (1985 & 1986)

    * Hernandez was with the St. Louis Cardinals for part of the 1983 season.
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