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15. Livan Hernandez

The first player on this list who played for “both the Expos and the Nationals”, Livan Hernandez had his best regular seasons for this franchise.  A World Series MVP with the Marlins in 1997, Hernandez would become a two time All Star and a bona fide innings eater for the Expos/Nationals.

Livan Hernandez

Livan Hernandez
Livan Hernandez had a long and productive career in Major League Baseball, and though he was never really among the elite Pitchers in the game, he was a valuable innings eater, a more than above average hitting Pitcher and finished off his career with a respectable 178 and 177, 1,976 Strikeouts and a 25.2 bWAR. Overall, it is not a Hall of Fame resume, but anyone who can pitch seventeen seasons in the Majors had a career of value; especially when you consider that he was the World Series and NLCS MVP for the Marlins in their shocking championship in 1997.




The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Villa Clara, Cuba

Eligible In:
The 2018 Vote

Position:
Pitcher

Played For:
Florida Marlins
San Francisco Giants
Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals
Arizona Diamondbacks
Minnesota Twins
Colorado Rockies
New York Mets
Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers

Major Accolades and Awards:
World Series MVP (1) (2007)
NLCS MVP (1) (2007)
2 Time All Star (2004 & 2005)
Silver Slugger (1) (NL) (2004)
Most Innings Pitched (3) (NL) (2003, 2004 & 2005)
Most Complete Games (2) (NL) (2003 & 2004)
World Series Rings (1) (Florida Marlins, 1997)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
(AL: 2003, 7th), (AL: 2005,3rd), (AL: 2007, 5th) & (NL: 2009, 3rd)
1 Top Ten Finish (Earned Run Average)
3 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
1 Top Ten Finish (WHIP)
7 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
2 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
7 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
2 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)

Notable All Time Rankings:
63. Games Started: 474
76. Strikeouts: 1,976

Should Livan Hernandez be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 25%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 75%

If I Had a Vote in the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Election

Strategic voting. What you have to do when you have too many choices and not enough time or opportunities to realize all those choices.

Sounds like voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the last few years, doesn't it?

The good news is that since the Shutout of 2013, when the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) could not muster the 75 percent of the vote necessary to elect any one ballot candidate to the Hall of Fame despite a wealth of candidates from whom to choose (I counted 14), the BBWAA has sent a dozen players to Cooperstown. Based on that trend, and barring any unusual or unforeseen wrinkle, the writers are certain to elect at least one player for 2018.
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