Cooperstown Chronicles – Keith Hernandez

Feb 2, 2008

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There is no question that Keith Hernandez was better with his glove than his stick.  He is one of the best at fielding the first base position.  That alone should give him Hall of Fame consideration, but his hitting was solid enough to get him in.

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The Numbers
2088 Games
7370 At Bats
.296 Batting Average
1124 Runs
2182 Hits
426 Doubles
60 Triples
162 Home Runs
1071 RBI
98 Stolen Bases
1070 Walks

Playoffs – 30 games, 117 At bats, 13 runs, 31 hits (.265 average), 3 doubles, 1 triple 2 HRs, 21 RBI.

The Awards
1979 MVP
5 All-Star Games
11 Gold Gloves
2 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 8 seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting – Seven times (1979 Batting Title)
On-base % – Eight times (Led league in 1980)
Slugging % – Three times
OPS – Five times
Games – Six times
Runs – Five times (Led league in ’79 & ’80)
Hits – Four times
Doubles – Eight times (Led league in ’79)
Total Bases – Three times
RBI – Five times
Walks – Seven times (Led league in ’86)

Like I said, his hitting wasn’t enough to put him into the Hall of Fame.  However, he was a pretty darn good hitter.  He didn’t give you power that you’d like out of a first baseman, but he drove in runs, and more importantly, was exceptional with the glove.  He is a lot like HOFer Bill Mazeroski.  Decent with the stick, but a Hall of Famer with the glove.  He won an MVP, some Silver Sluggers, two World Series titles, and a mess of Gold Gloves.  To me he’s worthy of Cooperstown.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane

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12 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Pops
    February 2nd, 2008 at 12:27 pm #

    You make a good case.

  2. LEV
    February 3rd, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    I was getting ready to leave an angry comment about how much more hall-worthy Don Mattingly is than Keith Hernandez… but I see you make a case for Donnie Baseball as well. How in a similar number of games throughout their careers Mattingly has slightly better numbers… I’ve also made the case for Mattingly by comparing his numbers with those of Kirby Puckett (a first ballot HOFer)… eerily similar without the World Series titles… hopefully the hall voters smarten up and let this beloved Yankee in the hall

  3. Ryan Lester
    February 3rd, 2008 at 10:59 am #

    LEV – Yeah, I made you wait for Donny Baseball. Both are worthy in my opinion.

  4. joey bag of donuts
    September 17th, 2008 at 9:41 pm #

    keith is lost in a history of notable players. however he is outstanding with his truly poor commentary. he should stay away from the microphone. he is in 54 years listening to baseball the worst, hands down.

  5. LestersLegends
    September 17th, 2008 at 9:43 pm #

    joey – that is funny.

  6. joey bag of donuts
    September 17th, 2008 at 9:46 pm #

    keith is lost in a history of notable players. however he is outstanding with his truly poor commentary. he should stay away from the microphone. in the 46 years listening i have been listening to baseball he is the worst ever, hands down.

  7. joey bag of donuts
    September 17th, 2008 at 9:47 pm #

    keith is lost in a history of notable players. however he is outstanding with his truly poor commentary. he should stay away from the microphone. in the 46 years i have been listening to baseball he is the worst ever, hands down.

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    May 7th, 2009 at 8:57 am #

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  12. jon egg
    June 2nd, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    hey joey bag of donuts,

    keith’s commentary is great. i don’t understand how anyone could not like it. he is funny, insightful, and when there is a base running error or fielding error, he gets disgusted!

    i love it! long live keith hernandez!

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