Keith Hernandez

Baseball Player
Born Oct 20, 1953

Keith Barlow Hernandez is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He is currently a baseball analyst working for the New York Mets, for whom he played from 1983–1989, on SportsNet New York and WPIX television broadcasts. He has gained a cult following from his broadcasting career.… Read More

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1953 Birth Born on October 20, 1953.


1971 17 Years Old Hernandez was perceived as having poor attitude issues because he sat out his entire senior year of high school due to a dispute with a coach. He played briefly at the College of San Mateo, a local community college, before he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 41st round of the 1971 Major League Baseball draft as the 783rd player selected. … Read More


1974 20 Years Old He made his major league debut at Candlestick Park on August 30, 1974, against the San Francisco Giants, going 1-2 with two walks, and earning his first major league RBI with a single in the ninth. … Read More
1982 28 Years Old …  His Cardinals won the 1982 World Series, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. … Read More
1983 29 Years Old …  Hernandez finished second in the NL Most Valuable Player voting behind Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, and emerged as the Captain of the Mets' young core of ballplayers that included 1983 and 1984 Rookie of the Year Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, respectively. … Read More


1985 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Hernandez set a record for game-winning RBIs in 1985 with 24, a statistic that was only official from – (the previous record was 22 by the Chicago White Sox's Harold Baines in 1983). … Read More
1986 32 Years Old On the Mets' World Champion team in 1986, Carter and Hernandez finished third and fourth, respectively, in NL MVP balloting. … Read More
1987 33 Years Old In 1987, Davey Johnson named Hernandez the first team captain in franchise history. A season after the "C" was added to Hernandez's uniform, Carter was named co-captain. In, Hernandez won his eleventh and final Gold Glove, and led his team to another division crown. The heavily favored Mets, however, lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 National League Championship Series. … Read More
1989 35 Years Old Hernandez's batting average fell to .233 in only 75 games for the 1989 Mets. … Read More
1990 36 Years Old Hernandez signed with the Cleveland Indians for the 1990 season. … Read More


2008 54 Years Old Hernandez has written four books, If at First: A Season With the Mets (his diary of the 1985 New York Mets season), Pure Baseball: Pitch by Pitch for the Advanced Fan, Shea Good-Bye: The Untold Inside Story of the Historic 2008 Season, and Murder at Shea: A Baseball Murder Mystery for Kids, a young-adult novel about a fictional Met solving a murder. "Pure Baseball" gives fans a detailed pitch-by-pitch player's look into baseball strategy.
…  In the event held on June 17, 2012, Hernandez recalled how he first was upset by the trade to New York but soon acknowledged it as a refreshing change and said it "reenergized" him because of the "young talent, young guys that were hungry". … Read More


2015 61 Years Old Hernandez makes about $3,000 a year in royalties checks from the show as of 2015. … Read More
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