Keith Hernandez Stats

Keith Hernandez was born on Tuesday, October 20, 1953, in San Francisco, California. Hernandez was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 30, 1974, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Keith Hernandez baseball stats page.

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"Too much of his (Hall of Fame) candidacy, however, is obscured by his home run total, meager by the standards of ( Gil ) Hodges , Stan Musial , Ted Kluszewski , Willie McCovey , Orlando Cepeda , ( Steve ) Garvey , Fred McGriff , Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols — first basemen all. Where is it written that first basemen must also be sluggers? Hernandez wasn't. He probably wouldn't have been even if he had not spent most of his career playing in home ballparks that were home run unfriendly. Neither old Busch Stadium nor Shea Stadium surrendered easily. But he was a productive and clutch hitter. Hernandez scored more runs and drove in more runs per 500 at-bats than ( Brooks ) Robinson . And when we finally put away all the OPS stuff, runs win games. But if batting average is a yardstick, Hernandez's average in his 13 prime seasons was 30 points higher than Robinson's in his 18 prime seasons. Offensively then, Robinson did it longer, Hernandez did it better. And no matter how much credit Robinson gets -- and deserves -- for his brilliant defense, Hernandez, as a first baseman, was at least comparable to Robinson as a third baseman. Each was best at what he did for an extended period. One is a Hall of Famer. The other ought to be. " - by Marty Noble / MLB.com (12/01/2009, Hernandez deserving of Hall of Fame , MLB.com)

Keith Hernandez

Keith Hernandez Autograph on a 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Baseball Card (#KH)

Keith Hernandez Autograph on a 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Baseball Card (#KH)

Birth Name:
Keith Hernandez ( Twitter : @keithhernandez )
Nickname:
Mex
Born On:
10-20-1953  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
San Francisco, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Capuchino High School (San Bruno, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
08-30-1974 (Age 20)
Last Game:
07-24-1990
Draft:
1971 : 42nd Round (776th)

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Keith Hernandez Pitching Stats

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Keith Hernandez Hitting Stats

1974 21 Cardinals 14 34 3 10 1 2 0 0 2 7 0 8 0 0 0 1 .294 .415 .441
1975 22 Cardinals 64 188 20 47 8 2 3 0 20 17 2 26 0 2 0 5 .250 .309 .362
1976 23 Cardinals 129 374 54 108 21 5 7 0 46 49 5 53 2 0 3 8 .289 .376 .428
1977 24 Cardinals 161 560 90 163 41 4 15 3 91 79 11 88 3 2 1 17 .291 .379 .459
1978 25 Cardinals 159 542 90 138 32 4 11 0 64 82 11 68 1 6 2 12 .255 .351 .389
1979 26 Cardinals 161 610 116 210 48 11 11 1 105 80 5 78 0 7 1 9 .344 .417 .513
1980 27 Cardinals 159 595 111 191 39 8 16 0 99 86 4 73 1 4 4 14 .321 .408 .494
1981 28 Cardinals 103 376 65 115 27 4 8 1 48 61 6 45 0 5 2 9 .306 .401 .463
1982 29 Cardinals 160 579 79 173 33 6 7 0 94 100 19 67 1 12 2 10 .299 .397 .413
1983 30 Cardinals 55 218 34 62 15 4 3 0 26 24 5 30 0 2 0 2 .284 .352 .431
1983 30 Mets 95 320 43 98 8 3 9 0 37 64 9 42 2 1 2 5 .306 .424 .434
1984 31 Mets 154 550 83 171 31 0 15 0 94 97 12 89 0 9 1 9 .311 .409 .449
1985 32 Mets 158 593 87 183 34 4 10 0 91 77 15 59 0 10 2 14 .309 .384 .430
1986 33 Mets 149 551 94 171 34 1 13 0 83 94 9 69 0 3 4 14 .310 .413 .446
1987 34 Mets 154 587 87 170 28 2 18 1 89 81 8 104 0 4 4 15 .290 .377 .436
1988 35 Mets 95 348 43 96 16 0 11 1 55 31 3 57 0 4 1 11 .276 .333 .417
1989 36 Mets 75 215 18 50 8 0 4 0 19 27 3 39 0 0 2 4 .233 .324 .326
1990 37 Indians 43 130 7 26 2 0 1 0 8 14 3 17 0 0 1 2 .200 .283 .238
17 Years 2,088 7,370 1,124 2,182 426 60 162 7 1,071 1,070 130 1,012 10 71 32 161 .296 .384 .436

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Keith Hernandez Fielding Stats

1974 Cardinals 1B 9 8 228 73 8.1 71 70 1 2 8 n/a n/a n/a .973 8.41
1975 Cardinals 1B 56 48 1,320 507 9.1 505 469 36 2 34 n/a n/a n/a .996 10.33
1976 Cardinals 1B 110 97 2,652 979 8.9 969 862 107 10 87 n/a n/a n/a .990 9.87
1977 Cardinals 1B 158 150 402 1,571 9.9 1,559 1,453 106 12 146 n/a n/a n/a .992 104.71
1978 Cardinals 1B 158 148 3,981 1,542 9.8 1,532 1,436 96 10 124 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.39
1979 Cardinals 1B 160 156 4,239 1,643 10.3 1,635 1,489 146 8 145 n/a n/a n/a .995 10.41
1980 Cardinals 1B 157 157 4,104 1,696 10.8 1,687 1,572 115 9 146 n/a n/a n/a .995 11.10
1981 Cardinals 1B 98 97 2,619 1,143 11.7 1,140 1,054 86 3 99 n/a n/a n/a .997 11.75
1981 Cardinals LF 3 2 27 2 0.7 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
1982 Cardinals 1B 158 153 4,110 1,732 11.0 1,721 1,586 135 11 140 n/a n/a n/a .994 11.31
1982 Cardinals LF 2 2 39 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.69
1982 Cardinals RF 2 2 48 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1983 Cardinals 1B 54 53 1,473 638 11.8 632 581 51 6 62 n/a n/a n/a .991 11.58
1983 Mets 1B 90 89 2,355 940 10.4 933 837 96 7 85 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.70
1984 Mets 1B 153 152 39 1,364 8.9 1,356 1,214 142 8 127 n/a n/a n/a .994 938.77
1985 Mets 1B 157 152 4,161 1,453 9.3 1,449 1,310 139 4 113 n/a n/a n/a .997 9.40
1986 Mets 1B 149 146 3,906 1,353 9.1 1,348 1,199 149 5 115 n/a n/a n/a .996 9.32
1987 Mets 1B 154 151 3,843 1,457 9.5 1,447 1,298 149 10 110 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.17
1988 Mets 1B 93 91 2,301 813 8.7 811 734 77 2 63 n/a n/a n/a .998 9.52
1989 Mets 1B 58 55 1,419 440 7.6 436 405 31 4 22 n/a n/a n/a .991 8.30
1990 Indians 1B 42 39 960 362 8.6 360 340 20 2 28 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.13
1B Totals 2,014 1,942 44,112 19,706 9.8 19,591 17,909 1,682 115 1,654 n/a n/a n/a .994 11.99
LF Totals 5 4 66 3 0.6 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.23
RF Totals 2 2 48 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
17 Years 2,021 1,948 44,226 19,713 9.8 19,598 17,916 1,682 115 1,654 n/a n/a n/a .994 11.96

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Keith Hernandez Miscellaneous Stats

1974 Cardinals 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 17.0 - - -
1975 Cardinals 0 1 .000 10 0 n/a 62.7 7.2 9.4 - - -
1976 Cardinals 4 2 .667 20 0 n/a 53.4 7.1 8.1 - - -
1977 Cardinals 7 7 .500 6 0 n/a 37.3 6.4 6.2 - - -
1978 Cardinals 13 5 .722 5 0 n/a 49.3 8.0 8.5 - - -
1979 Cardinals 11 6 .647 2 0 n/a 55.5 7.8 5.8 - - -
1980 Cardinals 14 8 .636 2 0 n/a 37.2 8.2 6.0 - - -
1981 Cardinals 12 5 .706 4 0 n/a 47.0 8.4 7.8 - - -
1982 Cardinals 19 11 .633 1 1 n/a 82.7 8.6 6.2 - - -
1983 Cardinals 1 1 .500 1 0 n/a 72.7 7.3 8.4 - - -
1983 Mets 8 4 .667 5 0 n/a 35.6 7.6 8.6 - - -
1984 Mets 2 3 .400 1 0 n/a 36.7 6.2 5.9 - - -
1985 Mets 3 3 .500 4 0 n/a 59.3 10.1 6.5 - - -
1986 Mets 2 1 .667 0 0 n/a 42.4 8.0 6.6 - - -
1987 Mets 0 2 .000 1 0 n/a 32.6 5.6 6.6 - - -
1988 Mets 2 1 .667 1 0 n/a 31.6 6.1 6.3 - - -
1989 Mets 0 3 .000 19 0 n/a 53.8 5.5 11.3 - - -
1990 Indians 0 0 .000 1 1 0 130.0 7.6 16.3 - - -
17 Years 98 63 .609 88 2 0 45.5 7.3 6.9 - - -

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Keith Hernandez Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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Keith Hernandez was a Major League Baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals (1974-1983), New York Mets (1983-1989), and Cleveland Indians ( 1990 ). Did you know Keith Hernandez was the first Mets Team Captain in franchise history? Those who have served as Captain of the New York Mets: Keith Hernandez 1987-1989, Gary Carter 1988-1989, John Franco 2001-2004, and David Wright 2013-2018.

Did you know that Keith Hernandez won the most Gold Glove Awards at First Base , capturing eleven consecutive in the National League (NL) from 1978 to 1988. In the American League, Don Mattingly won nine times with the New York Yankees for the second-highest total among first basemen, and George Scott won eight Gold Gloves (third highest all-time), three with the Boston Red Sox and five with the Milwaukee Brewers . The second most in the NL consecutively is seven, captured by Bill White from 1960 to 1966.

Did you know that Keith Hernandez was the first St. Louis Cardinals first baseman to win a Silver Slugger Award (1980) and the first New York Mets first baseman to win a Silver Slugger (1984) as well?

Keith Hernandez Rookie Baseball Card

Keith Hernandez Rookie Card | 1975 Topps Baseball Card (#623 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection

In 1979, Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez (co- MVPs ) each received the same number of points from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), the first and only time the Most Valuable Player Award was split amongst two players.

Willie Stargell received ten first-place votes, three second-place votes, four third-place votes, a fourth-place vote, and two sixth-place votes. The BBWAA uses a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point system for the MVP Award , giving Pops 216 points.

Keith Hernandez received four first-place votes, eight second-place votes, seven third-place votes, two fourth-place votes, and three fifth-place votes. The BBWAA uses a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point system for the MVP Award , giving Mex 216 points.

Keith Hernandez, Hits for the Cycle

Keith Hernandez Hits for the Cycle ( Box Score ) | Ukiah Daily Journal | July 5, 1985 | Page 6

On July 4, 1985 , Keith Hernandez hit for the cycle , the fourth by a Mets player, the first in an extra inning game. The previous three Met cycles were completed by Jim Hickman ( August 7, 1963 ), Tommie Agee ( July 6, 1970 ), and Mike Phillips ( June 25, 1976 ) — each one completing the cycle in a nine-inning game. No Met since Hernandez has hit for the cycle in an extra inning game.

Last-Modified: September 4, 2020 6:40 AM EST

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