Keith Hernandez is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and sports broadcaster from the United States. He currently works as a broadcaster for SportsNet New York and WPIX, along with former Mets colleague Ron Darling and Gary Cohen. Keith also works as a studio commentator for MLB on Fox, where he has been since 2017.
Played with St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets for most of his career. Keith shared the NL MVP award in 1979 and was a five-time All-Star. He achieved two World Series victories. Since 1998, Keith has served as the color commentator for the Mets. He won Gold Glove awards for his defensive work in 11 consecutive seasons, the most of any player. He won Gold Gloves for his defensive work in 11 consecutive seasons, the most of any first baseman in baseball history.
Keith Hernandez Age
Keith Hernandez was born in San Francisco, California, United States of America on October 20, 1953. He is 69 years old.
Height Keith Hernandez
Keith stands at 6 ft 0 in/1.83m tall.
Keith Hernandez Family
He was born in the United States to his steadfast father, John Hernandez, and his steadfast mother, Jacqueline Hernandez. John was born in the United States in 1922. In the 1940s, he was a first baseman for the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals.
John died in 1992, aged 70. Keith also has a brother named Gary Hernandez. From 1972 to 1975, he spent three years in the Angels and Cardinals organizations. During his childhood, his brother bought him a Civil War history book. This sparked his interest in the subject. Keith’s passion for the Civil War earned him a guest spot on KMOX radio while with the Cardinals, appearances on episodes of Seinfeld and a New York Times story while with the Mets.
Husband Keith Hernandez
Keith is currently not married. His first wife was Sue Broecker, they married in 1979. However, their union only lasted four years before they divorced in 1983. Later that year, in 2005, he married Kai Thompson. They were married for six years until they divorced in February 2011.
Keith Hernandez Kids
Keith is the proud father of three beautiful girls from his first marriage to Sue. On the other hand, he has not revealed any details about his attractive daughters.
Keith Hernandez Education
Keith went to Terra Nova High School in Pacifica. He was then assigned to Capuchino High School in San Bruno. He then enrolled at the College of San Mateo to continue his education.
Keith Hernandez Lease
Keith has an annual salary of $93,002.
Keith Hernandez Net Worth
Keith’s estimated net worth is $16 million.
Career Keith Hernandez
The batting average remained approx. 250 for most of his minor league career until he was promoted to the Tulsa Oilers in the second half of the 1973 season. He hit .333 with five home runs and a .525 slugging percentage with the Cardinals’ AAA club. His average rose to .351 the following year. This earned him a promotion to the major league team.
On August 30, 1974, he made his major league debut against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Stadium. During the season, the St. Louis Cardinals Louis traded first baseman Joe Torre to the New York Mets for Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore to make way for their emerging young prospect.
Keith split 1975 between the Cardinals and the Tulsa Oilers. Despite having a .996 fielding percentage and only two errors in 507 chances, he struggled against major leaguers. Keith batted .250 with three home runs and twenty RBI.
During the first two years of his career, he wore number 18. He switched to number 37 in 1976. He insisted that his jersey number end with 7 in honor of Mickey Mantle, an American professional baseball player with who had a birthday Keith was always recognized as a fielder first, even as he improved with his bat. Keith stole his first Gold Glove award from frequent winner Steve Garvey in 1978.
His hitting improved significantly in 1979, when he led the league with a .344 average, 48 doubles and 116 runs scored. He later shared the National League Most Valuable Player award with Willie Stargell. The Baseball Writers Association of America awarded Twain’s players the same number of points for the first and only time in major league history.
Keith rose to the National League spotlight, hitting .300 on a consistent basis. His Cardinals won the World Series in 1982, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. He and Cardinals catcher Darrell Porter both hit home runs in the St. Louis victory. Louis by 13-1. Keith also had 8 runs during the seven game World Series.
After repeated confrontations with Cardinal management, most notably manager Whitey Herzog, he was traded to the Mets on June 15, 1983. Keith was acquired in exchange for pitchers Rick Ownbey and Neil Allen. Keith, according to Whitey, had become a cancer on his crew. He went on to say that he has no regrets about the move.
In addition, Keith was a five-time All-Star. He also won two World Series championships. Keith won the 1979 National League Co-Most Valuable Player Award. He is perhaps best known for his slick first base glove. Keith won all eleven Gold Glove awards in a row from 1978 to 1988.
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