#17 – Keith Hernandez, 1B

Keith Hernandez

Keith Hernandez

1984 was a great season for the 30-year old Keith Hernandez.

Not his best season, but still great.

He hit .311 with a .409 on-base percentage, finishing 2nd in MVP voting and making his 3rd career All-Star Game while driving in 94 runs.

Hernandez also racked up 31 doubles and finished with the 6th best OPS (.859) in the National League.

Meanwhile, he also pulled in his 7th Gold Glove as captain of the up and coming New York Mets.

A perennial “1” at first base, Major League Baseball had to re-write rules because of Hernandez’s play there.  He used to take pickoff throws while in foul territory to make it easier to swipe his right (glove) hand down for a tag.  Catchers are now the only defensive player allowed to be in foul territory when the pitch is thrown.

Hernandez is also well known in the Strat community for making frequent references to the game during broadcasts.  He often refers to fielders as a “1” if they are among the league’s best as a nod to the game company’s rating system.

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