- José Hernández (baseball)
Infobox MLB retired
birthdate=birth date and age|1969|7|14
Vega Alta, Puerto Rico
Runs batted in
* Texas Rangers (by|1991)
Cleveland Indians(by|1992, by|2005)
Chicago Cubs(by|1994-by|1999, by|2003)
Pittsburgh Pirates(by|2003, by|2006)
Los Angeles Dodgers(by|2004)
* All-Star selection (2002)
José Antonio Hernández Figueroa (born
July 14, 1969in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball infielder. Hernández has played with the Texas Rangers (by|1991), Cleveland Indians(by|1992, by|2005), Chicago Cubs(by|1994-by|1999, by|2003), Atlanta Braves(1999), Milwaukee Brewers(by|2000-2003), Colorado Rockies(2003), and Los Angeles Dodgers(by|2004). He bats and throws right-handed.
shortstop, Hernández has played every position except pitcher. His most productive season came in by|2001 with Milwaukee, when he posted career highs in home runs (24), RBI (77), hits (151), doubles (26) and games (152). Despite his .249 average, he posted a .356 on base percentage.
In by|2002, Hernandez struck out 188 times, one shy of the MLB record. Former Brewers manager
Jerry Roysterkept Hernandez out of the lineup in four of the last five games of the season, so he would not break the dubious record. Brewers fans also began cheering for Hernandez to break the record. He led the majors in highest strikeout percentage (35.8%). [http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=1&season=2002]
In 2002, Hernández hit 24 home runs with 73 RBI and a career-high .288 average, and he was selected for the All-Star Game. He spent the entire 2004 season with the Dodgers in a utility role, hitting .289 (61-211) with 12 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 29 RBI in 95 games for the
National League Westchampions. Hernández recorded 26 extra base hits and a .540 slugging percentagein just 211 at bats. Only Anaheim's Troy Glaus(207 AB, 18 HR) hit more home runs in the majors in 2004 among players with 215 or fewer at bats.
José signed on with the
Cleveland Indiansfor the by|2005 to begin his second tenure with the team. He played in 84 games and hit .231 with six home runs and 31 runs batted.
Before the by|2006 season, Hernández signed a minor league contract with the Pirates that included an invitation to
spring training, and an opportunity to compete for a spot on the team. After playing only 67 games for Pittsburgh, the Phillies purchased his contract from the Pirates on August 22, 2006. He became a free agent after the season.
Hernández returned to the Pirates organization for the third time when he agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training on
January 3, by|2007. He was unconditionally released on March 30. Hernández signed a contract with the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA-affiliate of the Pirates, on April 13. In 99 games, he hit .242 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI.
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