Liván Hernández
Cuban professional baseball player, pitcher
Liván Hernández
Eisler Liván Hernández Carrera is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball. He is the half-brother of pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernández.
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Everything You Need To Know About The 2013 World Series From A(dam Wainwright) To Z(Z Top)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Adam Wainwright. The starter in Game 1 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Wainwright has continued his postseason dominance into 2013. Having famously sealed the Cardinals trip to the 2006 World Series with a knee-buckling curveball to Carlos Beltran, then with the New York Mets, Waino has produced sterling career postseason numbers: The 32-year-old righty has a 4-1 record and 4 saves to go with a 2.10 ERA in the postseason. Boston Strong: The outfield at Fenway Park has been adorned with the "B Strong" logo throughout the postseason, a symbol of Boston's unity and resilience following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The bombing occurred just a short walk from Fenway Park and the team has honored first responders and victims throughout the season and during the playoffs. Carlos Beltran. At age 36, Beltran is making his first appearance in the World Series. Despite putting up incredible stats during previous postseason trips with the Astros, Mets and Cardinals, the switch-hitting ou ...
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World Series MVPs
Fox News - over 4 years
2012_Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco (NL) 2011_David Freese, St. Louis (NL) 2010_Edgar Renteria, San Francisco (NL) 2009_Hideki Matsui, New York (AL) 2008_Cole Hamels, Philadelphia (NL) 2007_Mike Lowell, Boston (AL) 2006_David Eckstein, St. Louis (NL) 2005_Jermaine Dye, Chicago (AL) 2004_Manny Ramirez, Boston (AL) 2003_Josh Beckett, Florida (NL) 2002_Troy Glaus, Anaheim (AL) 2001_Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson, Arizona (NL) 2000_Derek Jeter, New York (AL) 1999_Mariano Rivera, New York (AL) 1998_Scott Brosius, New York (AL) 1997_Livan Hernandez, Florida (NL) 1996_John Wetteland, New York (AL) 1995_Tom Glavine, Atlanta (NL) 1994_No Series.
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Brewers P Hernandez, C Torrealba become free agents after refusing minor league assignments
Fox News - over 4 years
The Milwaukee Brewers say veteran reliever Livan Hernandez and catcher Yorvit Torrealba have become free agents after refusing outright assignments to the minor leagues.
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Giants' Lincecum now a Cy of relief
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Giants' Lincecum now a Cy of relief Sunday, that's when a beat writer asked Ryan Vogelsong to address his status as the Giants' Game 3 starter. Not only did manager Bruce Bochy announce that Vogelsong is pitching Tuesday, he announced Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time Opening Day starter, would be a reliever until further notice. With the Giants trailing 4-0, Lincecum was summoned for the sixth inning, and he retired Jay Bruce, Scott Rolen and Ryan Hanigan on 13 pitches, and roaring Giants fans were glad to see Lincecum succeed again, albeit in a lesser role. [...] it's amazing that two short years after Timmy the Kid was an absolute postseason force, winning all three Game 1s and the World Series clincher, he was surpassed in the rotation by Barry Zito and clearly ranks as the No. 5 starter, based on season stats. [...] Bochy refused to turn nostalgic when picking his playoff starters, and Lincecum refused to play the I'm-the-Cy-Young ...
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National League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 4 years
Aramis Ramirez rescued his bullpen on Tuesday, clubbing a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a wild 13-12 win over the Miami Marlins in the second portion of a four-game series at Miller Park. Miami shortstop Jose Reyes had broken an 11-11 tie in the top of the 10th by belting a home run off Livan Hernandez (2-1), the 10th run surrendered by a Milwaukee reliever. But the Brewers, who were leading 9-2 entering the seventh, rallied in the bottom of the inning as Marlins closer Heath Bell (2-4) blew his fifth save of the season. Bell issued a leadoff walk to center fielder Carlos Gomez, who made a remarkable catch before slamming hard into the wall to prevent the Marlins from going ahead in the eighth. Ramirez then delivered with his sixth career walk-off homer, a two-out drive over the center field wall.
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Milwaukee adds veteran P Hernandez
Fox News - over 4 years
The Milwaukee Brewers signed veteran pitcher Livan Hernandez to a one-year contract on Friday and designated pitcher Juan Perez for assignment.The 37-year-old right-hander pitched in 18 games out of the bullpen for Atlanta this season and went 1-1 with a 4.94 earned run average before being designated for assignment by the Braves on June 15
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Braves designate Hernandez, recall Medlen
Fox News - over 4 years
The Atlanta Braves designated pitcher Livan Hernandez for assignment on Friday.The 37-year-old righty was signed in the offseason by the team after he spent the previous two-plus seasons with Washington
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Jays avoid series sweep with Braves
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
After the fall of Teheran, Livan Hernandez took control of the pitching mound.
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Braves postgame comments after 12-inning win over Cardinals
ajc - almost 5 years
FREDI GONZALEZ On Livan Hernandez: “I think today the experience of having Livan and pitching all those games, because there were a lot of situations where he never gave in. He knew exactly who to pitch to and we got lucky. We’re facing the bases loaded with Freese at the plate in the 10th and we roll a double play. You feel good you can do stuff with that type of pitcher on the mound. Livan has got the experience and the command. He knows where the ball’s going.” On the gutsy win: “Those guys kept coming back at us. Minor was really, really good, punched out four in a row, five out of six, and then it seemed like he couldn’t get his secondary pitches over for a strike. Out of the eight hit he gave up, five were with two strikes maybe. He couldn’t command his fastball where he wanted to, which he did earlier in the game. And it was the fifth inning. That’s one of those innings that a young pitcher needs to get through. We’ll go on to his next start, keep running him out …
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Braves vs. Rockies Series Recap: Freddie Freeman, Chipper Jones Lead Atlanta To Sweep
SB Nation- Atlanta - almost 5 years
The Braves entered their three-game series with the Rockies on a bit of a skid, but the team got hot at the plate and received good enough performances out of their starting pitchers to keep them in the game to pick up a win. It was Atlanta's first sweep in Colorado since 2003 and their second this season. Here are recaps for the three games played at Coors Field this past weekend. Tim Hudson struggled early in game one, but a furious rally led by Freddie Freeman tied the game up in the middle innings. With the score still tied in the 11th inning, Eric Hinske belted a two-run homer into the right field bullpen to give the Braves a 9-7 lead. Craig Kimbrel surrendered one run in the bottom half of the frame, but slammed the door shut just in time to preserve a big 9-8 victory. Mike Minor was roughed up early once again on Saturday evening, but five RBIs from Chipper Jones and key back-to-back homers from Matt Diaz and Jason Heyward propelled Atlanta to a 13-9 victory agai ...
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Delgado impresses, Braves fall to Phillies
Aiken Standard - almost 5 years
By CHARLES ODUM ATLANTA -- Randall Delgado was good. The problem for the Braves was that Joe Blanton was great. Delgado threw eight strong innings in the longest start of his career but was overshadowed by Joe Blanton's three-hit shutout as Atlanta lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Thursday. Delgado (2-3) allowed only six hits and two runs with no walks in eight innings. It was a loss, but he lowered his ERA from 6.30 to 5.14 and gave Atlanta's bullpen a rest one day after the team used eight pitchers in its 15-13 win in 11 innings. "He deserved a better fate than what he got," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He pitched great. He gave us every opportunity to win this game, and we didn't." Blanton threw his first shutout in five years, Shane Victorino hit a two-run homer and Laynce Nix also homered. Blanton (3-3) did not walk a batter and had six strikeouts in his third career shutout, his first since June 2, 2007 for Oakland against Minnesota. ...
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Jair Jurrjens' Struggles: Do We Really Care?
SB Nation- Atlanta - almost 5 years
Here is Mark Bradley on Jair Jurrjens' poor start to the season: Yes, it’s early, but seeing Jurrjens look like the world’s most accomplished batting-practice pitcher isn’t a comforting sight. He’s the key man in this rotation. Tommy Hanson looks fine, and there’s no reason to believe Tim Hudson won’t be Tim Hudson when he returns from back rehab. Still, Jurrjens figured to be at worst the Braves’ No. 2 starter, and there’s no real fallback if he fails. I heard Steak Shapiro make the same point this morning, something along the lines of "who else is going to be our #2 starter?" Leaving aside the fact that putting pitchers into numbered boxes is a waste of time - if you're going to throw 200 innings for the Braves this year, then I care about how well you pitch, regardless of whether you are a #2 starter - I really don't feel this concern. If there is one thing that the Braves have this year, it's pitching depth. If Jurrjens were to get stuck on 285 ...
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Charles Garcia: Is Castro Cuban-Americans' Hitler?
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Last week, in his first days at his new job as manager of the Miami Marlins, Venezuelan-born Ozzie Guillen said to Time magazine, "I love Fidel Castro," adding "You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that mother------ is still there." The Marlins' brand new $634 million ballpark is in the city's Little Havana, and not surprisingly, Guillen's words ignited a powder keg of emotion and anger from Cuban-Americans. Since then, Guillen apologized and received his punishment -- suspension from five games. And to many, that's that. After all, some say, Guillen, legendary for inserting his foot in his mouth, was simply mouthing off. ESPN's Michael Baumann put it this way: "I can't believe anyone cares what Ozzie Guillen thinks about a foreign dictator. Baseball should not want to be in a place where it restricts political speech." Guillen joins a long line of people in powerful positions in sports saying offensive things; salt ...
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Rangers untroubled by Nathan's struggles
Seattle Pi - almost 5 years
Rangers untroubled by Nathan's struggles [...] there was also a loss in the second game of the season against the Chicago White Sox, when he allowed a leadoff homer in the ninth of a tie game. On Wednesday night, John Jaso's RBI single capped the three-run rally and his big debut with the Mariners. The Mariners had gone 23 consecutive innings without scoring in the series before No. 9 hitter Jaso, as the DH in his first game, led off the eighth with a triple into the right-field corner off Alexi Ogando and scored on Dustin Ackley's single. Before the Rangers bullpen faltered, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus hit back-to-back homers and Colby Lewis worked 6 2-3 scoreless innings. Lewis, who had nine strikeouts in his opening day victory, struck out six with no walks against the Mariners. Nathan had saved his first two chances, including the Rangers' 1-0 victory Tuesday night, but lost a game Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox after giving up a leadoff homer in the ni ...
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Bourn remains confident despite Braves’ start
ajc - almost 5 years
HOUSTON – His first game back in Houston on Monday did not go as planned for Braves center fielder Michael Bourn, who’s not been quite the sparkplug atop the Atlanta batting order that some envisioned. He went 0-for-4 on Monday, didn’t hit a ball out of the infield and grounded out to first base in each of his last three plate appearances in an 8-3 loss that dropped the Braves to 0-4. It was the first time the Braves had started 0-4 since 1988, when they started 0-10 and lost 106 games. Meanwhile, Bourn’s former team, the Astros, were a surprising 3-1 after coming back from an early 3-0 deficit to win the series opener at Minute Maid Park. The Astros capitalized on a double-error by Braves third baseman Juan Francisco with two out in the third inning, scoring three unearned runs in that inning, taking a 4-3 lead on pitcher Chad Durbin’s RBI single in the fourth, and then putting the game out of reach with four runs in the late innings off relievers Livan Hernandez and …
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Barry Zito Blanks Rockies In Coors, Because Baseball
Baseball Nation - almost 5 years
When I was in college, I didn't make a whole lot of money. I did know an awful lot about baseball. I got it in my head that I could put my knowledge of baseball to use and bet on games so as to turn my embarrassing amount of money into a less embarrassing amount of money. I lost $250 in one weekend. I never bet on baseball again. The first complete-game shutout of the 2010 season was thrown by Livan Hernandez, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Maybe Livan isn't the guy you would've guessed, but he threw his game in Nationals Park, and Nationals Park is fairly neutral. The first complete-game shutout of the 2011 season was thrown by Jaime Garcia, against the San Diego Padres. Nothing weird there. Would've been weirder if Jaime Garcia didn't throw a complete-game shutout against the San Diego Padres. The first complete-game shutout of the 2012 season is now officially in the books. It was thrown by Barry Zito. Against the Colorado Rockies. In Coors Field. Naturally, it was ...
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Whispers: Santana can be force throwing in high 80s
Chicago Times - almost 5 years
5 shutout innings for Mets were Buehrle-like Johan Santana's five shutout innings for the Mets on opening day showed he can become the second coming of Mark Buehrle. His fastball rarely was faster than 88 mph but that was plenty enough to set up a changeup that came in at 75 or 76. … With the Braves' Chipper Jones on the DL, the Rockies' Todd Helton has the longest opening-day streak in the majors with 15. … The Braves changed lines on the fly, adding Livan Hernandez , Chad Durbin and Juan Francisco the last week of spring training. Francisco, noted for his power in the minors, becomes a candidate to take over for Jones, who is retiring after this season. Frank Wren, the Braves' GM, has been a big Hernandez fan since helping sign him with the Marlins in 1996. … The Angels seem almost as happy about Kendry Morales' newfound health as the addition of Albert Pujols. Dan Haren says it's like "adding a 3 or 4 hitter.'' One thing that isn't clear is if Mark Trumbo can play third base well en ...
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Facing Nats a strange feeling for Livan Hernandez - Nationals Buzz
MASN Sports - almost 5 years
Hernandez wanted to return, says it was "tough" to face old mates in spring debut
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Liván Hernández
  • 2014
    Age 39
    After not playing in the Major Leagues for a full season, Hernández officially retired from professional play on March 13, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details As a young man, Hernández had a fastball in the mid-90s, a slider, and a changeup. With age he has become a finesse pitcher who relies on locating his pitches rather than generating great pitch speed. His primary pitch is a sinker sitting at 83–87 mph. He also has a four-seam fastball in the same speed range. Another main pitch, used mostly against right-handed hitters, is a cut fastball at 79–82. His off-speed offering to right-handers is a curveball ranging from 65–70 mph. Against lefties, he also adds a changeup in the upper 70s. His four-seam fastball was the slowest among all MLB starters in the 2011 season. Hernández has been an excellent fielder throughout his career, finishing seven full seasons without making an error., he owns the 24th-best fielding percentage all-time among pitchers.
  • 2012
    Age 37
    On June 22, 2012, Hernández signed a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
    More Details Hide Details Following the season, he was removed from the 40-man roster and opted to become a free agent.
    On June 19, 2012, he was released from the Atlanta Braves.
    More Details Hide Details His release came after his relief appearance on June 10 where he allowed seven hits (including two home runs) in just 1.2 innings as the Braves were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays.
    Within hours of being released by the Astros, Hernández was signed to a one-year Major League deal by the Atlanta Braves as a relief pitcher. On May 5, 2012, he recorded his first career save in his 485th major league appearance.
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    On January 31, 2012, Hernández signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros with an invitation to attend spring training.
    More Details Hide Details He was released by the Astros on March 30.
  • 2011
    Age 36
    On August 30, 2011 against the Atlanta Braves, Hernandez threw his 50,000th pitch of his MLB career, getting Jair Jurrjens to ground out and end the inning.
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    He was the starting pitcher on Opening Day of the 2011 season, his fourth Opening Day appearance for the franchise.
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  • 2010
    Age 35
    Hernández went 10–12 with a 3.66 ERA in 2010 and agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Nationals after the season.
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    On February 24, 2010, he signed a minor league deal to stay with the Nationals.
    More Details Hide Details He was called up on April 11.
  • 2009
    Age 34
    On August 26, 2009, Hernández re-signed with the Nationals, where he finished the season.
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    Subsequently, on August 20, 2009 the Mets released Hernández to make room for Billy Wagner on the active roster.
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    On May 26, 2009, Hernandez threw a complete game, giving just one earned run through his nine innings courtesy of an Adam Dunn home run in a 6–1 win over his former club, the Washington Nationals.
    More Details Hide Details He was the 1st pitcher to throw a complete game in Citi Field. He became the only active player that have thrown a complete game with six different teams. However, after struggling greatly in July and August, Hernández's job was put in jeopardy. After a 6–2 loss to the Diamondbacks, manager Jerry Manuel decided to start Hernandez against the Giants, who handed the Mets a 10–1 loss on August 17, 2009.
    Hernández securely established himself as a dependable starting pitcher early in the Mets' 2009 pitching rotation.
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    In 2009, Hernández was one of only three active players, along with Derek Lowe and Brad Ausmus, to have played 12 or more seasons without going on the disabled list.
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    On February 14, 2009, Hernández signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.
    More Details Hide Details He won the fifth spot in the rotation, and was added to the major league roster when his turn came up on April 11.
  • 2008
    Age 33
    On August 1, 2008, Hernández was designated for assignment to make room for Francisco Liriano.
    More Details Hide Details On August 6, Hernandez was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies, and had a record of 3–3 with 13 strikeouts in 40.1 innings and finished the 2008 season there. Hernandez ended 2008 having given up 12.9 hits per 9 innings, the highest rate in the majors, had a major-league-worst .342 batting-average-against, and his 3.4 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched were the lowest rate in the major leagues. Batters also made contact with his pitches 91.3% of the time that they swung at them, easily the highest percentage among major league starters.
    Through July 20, 2008, Hernández led Minnesota Twins starting pitchers with 10 wins and 127.2 IP.
    More Details Hide Details He was 10–6 with 5.29 ERA and 47 strikeouts.
    On February 12, 2008, Hernández signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins worth $5 million, with an additional $2 million for performance bonuses.
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  • 2007
    Age 32
    He led the majors in home runs allowed in 2007, with 34, and had the lowest strikeout-to-walk ratio in the Major Leagues (1.14).
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  • 2006
    Age 31
    On August 7, 2006, Hernández was traded from the Nationals to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two young pitching prospects, Matt Chico and Garrett Mock.
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  • 2005
    Age 30
    After the 2005 season, Hernández had knee surgery, and his performance in the first half of 2006 suffered.
    More Details Hide Details At the All-Star break, he had a 5.64 ERA and allowed hitters a .308 average. But over his last five starts with the Nationals, he had a 3.27 ERA with four walks and 23 strikeouts.
    In 2005, Hernández would once again lead the National League in innings pitched, as well as earn his second All-Star selection.
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  • 2004
    Age 29
    Between the 2004 and 2005 MLB season, the Montréal Expos franchise, with Hernández in tow, relocated to Washington, D.C. to become the Washington Nationals.
    More Details Hide Details Hernandez started, and won, the first major league game in Washington since 1971, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3.
    Hernández was selected to represent the Expos at the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details This would turn out to be the first of two selections to the Midsummer Classic for Hernández during his career.
  • 2003
    Age 28
    From 2003 to 2005, Hernández led the National League in innings pitched, and led the League in complete games 2003 and 2004.
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    On March 23, 2003, following his loss in game seven of the 2002 World Series, Hernández, along with infielder Edwards Guzmán, was traded by the Giants to the Montréal Expos for relief pitchers Jim Brower and Matt Blank.
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  • 2000
    Age 25
    Hernández would go on to pitch in five postseason games during his stint with the Giants, one in 2000 and four in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details During the 2002 postseason, Hernandez had a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 6.20.
  • 1999
    Age 24
    On July 25, 1999, the Florida Marlins traded Hernández to the San Francisco Giants for minor leaguers Nate Bump and Jason Grilli.
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  • 1997
    Age 22
    His rookie season in 1997 coincided with the recent expansion franchise reaching the 1997 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details He started and won Games 1 and 5 of the series against the Cleveland Indians, and struck out a postseason-record 15 batters in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves. His efforts earned him the World Series MVP trophy. Before Game 7, Hernandez was able to meet his mother, Miriam Carreras, for the first time in two years. The moment was the result of concerted efforts by the Cuban and United States governments as well as a written plea from the entire roster of players. His mother and sister now reside in Miami.
  • 1996
    Age 21
    After meeting with numerous team officials in the Dominican Republic, he signed with the Florida Marlins in order to live in Miami. He made his first appearance for the team as a September call-up in 1996, and joined the team for good in June 1997.
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  • 1995
    Age 20
    At the age of 20, Hernández gave up his $6 a month job as an official Cuban athlete and defected to the United States in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details His half-brother, Orlando, would defect two years later. Hernández has played for the Florida Marlins (1996–1999), the San Francisco Giants (1999–2002), the Montreal Expos (2003–2004), the Washington Nationals (2005–2006, 2009–2011), the Arizona Diamondbacks (2006–2007), the Minnesota Twins (2008), the Colorado Rockies (2008), the New York Mets (2009), the Atlanta Braves (2012) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2012). He bats and throws right-handed, and is known for throwing a "slow hook" curveball, sometimes below 60 miles per hour, as a strikeout pitch. A two-time All-Star, Hernández was considered to be a great defensive pitcher, having made just fifteen errors in his career. He is described as a workhorse; he throws many pitches, pitches many innings, and makes every start he needs to provide his team's bullpen much rest. Between 1998 and 2007, he never pitched fewer than 199 innings in any given season (in 1999 he threw only 199 innings). Hernández led the National League in innings pitched in three consecutive seasons, 2003 through 2005, and led the league in complete games for the first two of those years. In 2005, he once threw 150 pitches in nine innings, although the game went into extra innings after he left. In 2004 and 2005, he led the major leagues with 3,927 and 4,009 pitches, respectively. Hernández also is a dangerous hitter, helping his own cause with his bat, and won the Silver Slugger Award at the pitcher position in 2004.
  • 1975
    Age 0
    Born on February 20, 1975.
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