Keith Hernandez
Baseball player
Keith Hernandez
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.
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Keith Hernandez's personal information overview.
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Old Met Keith Hernandez Diagnoses New Met Michael Conforto
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Who better to analyze Michael Conforto’s disappointing 2016 season than Hernandez, the former Mets great with a similar skill-set who made his debut as a top prospect and suffered through career-threatening early slumps?
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Advice Columnist Punked By 'Seinfeld' Plot Needs More TV In Her Life
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Here's advice for Ask Amy: Watch "Seinfeld" reruns and maybe you won't get fooled again. One cheeky reader passed off a "Seinfeld" episode -- when Jerry meets baseball star Keith Hernandez and gets taken advantage of -- as a real-life dilemma. "Feeling Foolish" then received a serious response back from the advice columnist. Check out the exchange below, courtesy of Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Farmer.  Yada. Yada. Yada. pic.twitter.com/puEm21tEmf — Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) January 25, 2016 While Ask Amy may be the master of her domain in advice, she needs to get her "Seinfeld" on. Not that there's anything wrong with that! Here's a bit from the two-part Hernandez episode, which premiered in 1993. H/T Uproxx  Also on HuffPost: (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=518799751&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&respo ...
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BuzzFeed's Keith Hernandez Heads To Slate
Huffington Post - over 1 year
BuzzFeed executive Keith Hernandez on Wednesday was named to the newly created position of president of online publisher Slate. The appointment, announced by The Slate Group's chairman Jacob Weisberg and vice chairman Dan Check, officially retires Slate's title of publisher, which had been held by Matt Turck. Turck is now chief revenue officer of Panoply, The Slate Group's podcasting network. Hernandez had been BuzzFeed's vice president of brand strategy. He oversaw the site's branding and revenue across North America and Australia and influenced the site's increased use of native advertisements, which became controversial at times.  "Slate’s business has evolved from selling ad space on a page to working with our advertising and agency partners to use Slate's expertise to create solutions that drive value beyond banners and buttons," Check said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "Keith is the perfect person to lead that business; he has a proven track record and great for ...
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Craig Biggio was sterling player, but not a Hall of Famer
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
For all of the raging arguments surrounding the vote, no one can dispute the fact that it's hard to get in. [...] not in the class of Don Mattingly, Will Clark and Keith Hernandez, who struck everyone as Cooperstown material at their peak, only to fall short on the longevity front. [...] not in a league with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, who were so deservedly honored this week. Like rock musicians, players wrapped up their work late - and for a great number of them, including superstars, it was party time. The Cal football schedule has been released, featuring a great opener (at Northwestern) and one of those inexcusably awful nonconference games (Sacramento State). Stanford will play UC Davis for no compelling reason, and the Cardinal's other nonconference game (Army) has merit only from a traditional standpoint. ... OK, everyone, the snap goes to the running back, who will head straight into the line for a gain of 2. Doug Harris, the East Bay filmmaker who produc ...
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The Hall of Fame Expansion Era Ballot
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As part of the increasingly complicated Hall of Fame selection process, there are five players on the expansion era ballot-Davey Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry. There is an additional candidate, Joe Torre who is on the ballot as both a manager and a player. Torre stands out from the rest of these players because in addition to having a borderline Hall of Fame Career as a player, Torre also has four World Series victories as the manager of the New York Yankees from 1996-2000. It is therefore very likely that Torre will be elected, deservedly, based on his performance as a player and a manager. The other five are very interesting cases. From the period from roughly 1970-1985, they were all excellent players and frequent All Stars who played in a lot of post-seasons. There is also a strong narrative for each of these players. John was a solid pitcher for a long time who had a surgery named for him. Concepcion was one of the best shortstops of his er ...
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It's That Time of the Season... Again
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Around this time every year, I tend to feel left out when it comes to sports. (Who am I kidding? I tend to feel left out all the time when it comes to sports.) The last time I paid attention to any team was in 1986. At the time friends were stunned to learn that I was riveted to my television in order to watch Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Mookie Wilson (Moooo), as well as the others, who were a part of the New York Mets, win their way to the World Series. I picked a good year to be interested, and I was actually looking forward to the following season only to be disappointed that there were trades, and some of the players I'd been rooting for were on other teams. How could that be? It was not the name "New York Mets" that pulled me in but the members who'd made the team. And, I wondered just how the players could have all of a sudden donned the uniform of the same team they'd battled the year before. All right, so money is the driving force. Still, that was the last time I allowed mys ...
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Dodgers hold out on deal for manager Mattingly
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Even as the Dodgers went on a 42-8 run, made the playoffs and knocked off Atlanta in the Division Series, he still hasn't been granted a contract extension. [...] he's up against Mike Matheny, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, one of the greatest hitters in postseason history (Carlos Beltran) and the rest of the brainy St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. [...] not a soul remembers it. Enos "Country" Slaughter sliding into second baseman Jackie Robinson, the aging Stan Musial facing the ascending Sandy Koufax, Keith Hernandez and Steve Garvey holding down the first-base spots, and Tommy Lasorda letting Tom Niedenfuer pitch to Jack Clark. A single pitch - David Freese's two-run homer off a hanging curve - made the difference.
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Jerry Seinfeld to provide Mets commentary on SNY on Tuesday
Awful Announcing - over 3 years
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be in the Mets' broadcast booth on SNY for the team's game on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. Seinfeld will join Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, and Bobby Ojeda in the booth, and according to Hernandez, there's not going to be any holding back. “We just let him run, because he’s funny,” says Hernandez. “People want to hear what he has to say and his sense of humor comes out, so it’s our job just to step out of the way." There's really nothing left for the Mets to play for this year aside from draft positioning. Stars Matt Harvey and David Wright are both out of action, and the team has already clinched another losing record and has been eliminated from playoff contention. Maybe Seinfeld will lose his mind when Lucas Duda goes 0/4 with three strikeouts. Let's be honest: maybe this will make the game more watchable. If you're someone who's going to be watching the game anyway, you're not tuning out just becaus ...
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Keith Hernandez Error on Memorial Day
NYTimes - over 3 years
Keith Hernandez, an SNY analyst on Mets games, described a bat shattered in Monday’s game as a “dead soldier.”     
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Steven Hirsch: David Wright Named Fourth Captain In Mets History
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In July 2004, the Mets were at rock bottom. They were on the verge of their third straight losing season and the once hopeful Art Howe era had turned into a complete failure. The only bright spot at the time was the fact that the team had two promising prospects ready to break out in the Major Leagues. One was of course Jose Reyes, who went on to have a wonderful career as a Met, despite the controversial setting in which he left the team after the 2011 season. The other was David Wright, a scarily powerful hitter from Virginia who was destined to play for the team he rooted for growing up as a kid. As it turned out, he was all Mets fans could have hoped for and more, helping the Mets win their first division title in nearly 20 years and taking them to within one game of the World Series in 2006. Though the next half a dozen seasons would be marred by monumental collapses and never-ending drama surrounding the team, David Wright has always given Mets fans a reason to smile. In ...
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Grand Central Celebrates 100th Birthday
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK -- New York City's Grand Central Terminal will celebrate its 100th birthday with a brass band, a "Sex and the City" star and an appearance by Caroline Kennedy, whose mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spearheaded efforts to save the landmark from demolition in the 1970s. The cathedral-like terminal with its vaulted ceiling depicting the constellations is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations and one of New York City's most recognizable buildings. Countless movies and TV shows have been filmed there including "North by Northwest," "The Cotton Club" and "Gossip Girl." But Grand Central was in danger of being demolished until Onassis and other preservationists spurred New York City to designate it a landmark. The fight to save Grand Central went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in 1978 that cities have the right to protect historic buildings, even if that limits the owner's ability to develop or sell the property. No longer ...
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Former Met Keith Hernandez Shaves His Mustache for Charity
NYTimes - over 4 years
Surrounded by fans, Keith Hernandez shaved his trademark facial hair in exchange for a $10,000 donation to a Brooklyn day care center for Alzheimer’s patients.
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Keith Hernandez shaves his mustache
USA Today - over 4 years
Keith Hernandez's legendary 'stache is no more. The former Mets All-Star shaved his whiskers for charity.
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Bats: Keith Hernandez to Shave Mustache at Mets' Final Home Game
NYTimes - over 4 years
The graying mustache will be shaved by a barber in the plaza outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field on Sept. 27.
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Keith Hernandez’s Mustache Is Going Going Gray
NYTimes - over 4 years
Keith Hernandez no longer endorses a hair product, and his signature mustache, which gets grayer with each Mets game, may be on the chopping block.
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Schwei: ‘Walk-Off’ Slams Mets For 10th Time
CBS New York - almost 5 years
By John Schweibacher » More Columns Giancarlo Stanton’s game-ending grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning completed the Marlins’ come-from-behind 8-4 win over the Mets on Sunday. It was the 10th time in Mets history that they were victimized by a “walk-off” grand slam: •5/18/70 at Montreal 8-4 Bob Bailey vs. Cal Koonce •4/13/83 at Philadelphia 10-9 Bo Diaz vs. Neil Allen •4/18/87 at St. Louis 12-8 (10) Tom Herr vs. Jesse Orosco •8/13/93 at Philadelphia 9-5 Kim Batiste vs. Anthony Young •6/28/01 at Atlanta 6-2 (10) Javy Lopez vs. Armando Benitez •9/29/01 at Atlanta 8-5 Brian Jordan vs. John Franco •8/7/09 at San Diego 6-2 Everth Cabrera vs. Francisco Rodriguez •9/30/09 at Washington 7-4 Justin Maxwell vs. Francisco Rodriguez •6/2/10 at San Diego 5-1 (11) Adrian Gonzalez vs. Raul Valdes •5/13/12 at Miami 8-4 Giancarlo Stanton vs. Manny Acosta (Thanks to ultimatemets.com for its help with the walk-off list.) David Wright went 4-for-6 in the Mets’ 9-3 wi ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Keith Hernandez
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 61
    Hernandez makes about $3,000 a year in royalties checks from the show as of 2015.
    More Details Hide Details ESPN columnist Bill Simmons coined the phrase "having a Keith Hernandez Moment" in reference to the point in Hernandez' Seinfeld appearance where he recovers from a moment of self-doubt by simply reminding himself: "I'm Keith Hernandez!" Elaine ultimately dumps Hernandez due to him being a smoker. Aside from Seinfeld, Hernandez also appeared in a 1994 episode of Law & Order entitled "Wager", and in the movies The Scout and The Yards'.\ He also made an appearance in a 1993 episodes of "Ghostwriter" entitled "Building Bridges" Hernandez and Walt Frazier have appeared in several television commercials for Just for Men, a men's hair-coloring product. Hernandez has appeared in television commercials for Coin Galleries of Oyster Bay, a coin dealer located in Oyster Bay, New York. In the ads, he says that Coin Galleries is "where you can turn your pot of gold into cash."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 58
    On September 27, 2012, Hernandez had his familiar mustache shaved off for charity.
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    On June 17, 2012, the Mets had a Keith Hernandez bobblehead giveaway.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details Hernandez guest starred as himself in "The Boyfriend", a two-part episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. In the episode, Hernandez dated Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character Elaine Benes, and Jerry Seinfeld developed the male-bonding equivalent of a crush on him. A subplot of the episode was a pastiche of the movie JFK and featured a parody of the "Magic Bullet Theory" featured in that movie. According to the show, on June 14, 1987, the Mets were playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Shea Stadium, and Hernandez committed an error in the ninth inning, allowing the Phillies to score five runs and costing the Mets the game (in reality, the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road on that date; Hernandez played, but did not commit an error). Hernandez exited the player's gate, where Kramer (Michael Richards) and Newman (Wayne Knight) were waiting, and Newman heckled Hernandez with "Nice game, pretty boy!" Kramer and Newman then spent the next five years claiming that Hernandez had spat on them, when in fact they learned that it was really Roger McDowell - a "second spitter", just as Jerry had postulated. Hernandez also appeared in the final episode of Seinfeld, which aired in.
  • 2008
    Age 54
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 36
    Hernandez signed with the Cleveland Indians for the 1990 season.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in 45 games for the team, batting only .200 with one home run and eight RBIs. He retired at the end of the season.
  • 1989
    Age 35
    Hernandez's batting average fell to .233 in only 75 games for the 1989 Mets.
    More Details Hide Details The Mets chose not to re-sign him after his contract ran out at the close of the season, and on November 13, he was granted free agency. A day later, the Mets released Carter. Eleven different Mets players have worn his number 17 in the 16 seasons since Hernandez left, most notably pitcher David Cone. In, Cone switched from 44 to 17 in tribute to Hernandez. Former teammates Ron Darling, Bob Ojeda and Roger McDowell have also worn number 17 in tribute to Hernandez for teams they played for after leaving the Mets.
  • 1987
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Both Hernandez and Carter were in the twilights of their careers as back, knee and hamstring problems limited Hernandez to only 95 games. Carter, meanwhile, batted .242 for the season, and famously struggled to hit his 300th career home run.
  • 1986
    Age 32
    On the Mets' World Champion team in 1986, Carter and Hernandez finished third and fourth, respectively, in NL MVP balloting.
    More Details Hide Details Given his "Mickey Mantlesque" approach to playing baseball in New York City, and the celebrity status that comes with it, Hernandez became the poster-boy for the "party hard; play harder" Mets of the '80s.
  • 1985
    Age 31
    Hernandez credits his father, who played ball with Stan Musial when they were both in the Navy during World War II, for helping him out of a batting slump in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details His father would observe his at-bats on TV and note that when Keith was hitting well, he could see both the "1" and the "7" on his uniform on his back as he began to stride into the pitch. Not seeing both numbers meant Keith was bailing out on inside pitches, trying too hard to pull the ball, and vulnerable to outside fastballs or outside breaking pitches. Hernandez and the Mets would not be denied in, winning 108 games and taking the National League East convincingly by 21.5 games over the Philadelphia Phillies. Hernandez hit .310 with 83 RBI. The Mets won the 1986 World Series in seven games over the Boston Red Sox. Hernandez batted only .231, and recorded the second out in the now legendary tenth inning of game six of that World Series.
    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).
    More Details Hide Details His career total is 129, which is also a record.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hernandez had such a strong and accurate throwing arm that, as a result, the Mets re-routed their relays through him. Due to his quick instincts, Hernandez was also able to play farther off first base than other first basemen, allowing the other infielders to play farther to their right. Hernandez played so aggressively at first base that he occasionally discouraged opponents to bunt merely by reputation. Pete Rose, when he managed the Cincinnati Reds, compared bunting against Hernandez to "driving the lane against Bill Russell." Astros manager Hal Lanier said the combination of Hernandez at first and any one of three Mets pitchers— Ron Darling, Roger McDowell or Jesse Orosco— made bunting against the Mets "near impossible", and Cubs manager Jim Frey said he wouldn't ask most pitchers to bunt against the Mets. "You're just asking for a forceout at second, and now you've got your pitcher running the bases", he said.
  • 1982
    Age 28
    His Cardinals won the 1982 World Series, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games.
    More Details Hide Details In Game six, Hernandez and Cardinal catcher Darrell Porter hit home runs in a 13-1 St. Louis victory. Hernandez also contributed eight runs batted in during the seven-game World Series. After multiple disagreements with Cardinal management, most notably manager Whitey Herzog, Hernandez was traded to the Mets on June 15,, for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. Herzog said he felt that Hernandez had become a cancer on his team and never regretted the trade. The Mets had retired number 37 for former manager Casey Stengel, so Hernandez switched to number 17 upon joining the club, which he wore for the remainder of his career. As a result of this trade, Hernandez went from a World Series champion to a team that narrowly avoided a hundred losses (68-94), and consistently finished at the bottom of the National League East. Hernandez, however, was determined to prove Herzog wrong, helping to fuel a rivalry between the two teams in the mid-1980s.
  • 1974
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Following the season, the Cards traded first baseman Joe Torre to the New York Mets for Tommy Moore and Ray Sadecki to make room for their budding young prospect. Hernandez ended up splitting between Tulsa and the Cardinals. Though his fielding was spectacular (.996 fielding percentage with only two errors in 507 chances), Hernandez struggled with major league pitching, batting only .250 with three home runs and twenty RBIs. Hernandez wore uniform number 18 for the first two years of his career. In, he switched to number 37, insisting that his uniform number end with a "7" in honor of Mickey Mantle (with whom he shared a birthday). While Hernandez became more comfortable with his bat, he was always recognized as a fielder first, snatching his first Gold Glove Award away from perennial winner Steve Garvey in. In, however, Hernandez's bating improved markedly as he led the league with a .344 batting average, 48 doubles, and 116 runs scored, and went on to share the National League's Most Valuable Player Award with Willie Stargell. For the first and only time in major league history two players received the same number of points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America and shared the MVP award for that year.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He batted and threw left-handed, and through most of his career was listed as being 6' tall (1.83m) and 195 lbs. (88.5 kg). During his childhood, Hernandez's brother bought a book on Civil War history. His passion for Civil War history landed him guest spots on KMOX radio when with the Cardinals and was featured in the New York Times when he was with the Mets. Hernandez's batting average hovered around .250 for most of his minor league career, until his promotion to the Tulsa Oilers in the second half of the season. With the Cardinals' triple-A affiliate, Hernandez batted .333 with five home runs and a .525 slugging percentage. The following season, Hernandez's average jumped to .351, earning him a promotion to the big league club.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Born
    Born on October 20, 1953.
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