Thursday, October 16, 2014

#301 Cesar Hernandez

About the Front: Cesar Hernandez has firmly marked his territory, labeling his batting gloves and bat knob with his #58.

About the Back: Why yes, that is the same Jesus Alou who played for the Giants, Astros, and two other teams for 15 seasons. Jesus, brother of Felipe and Matty, and uncle of Moises.

Triple Play:

1. On July 20, 1992, he hit a pinch single off of Chuck McElroy for his first career hit. He scored the winning run for the Reds on Barry Larkin's sac fly, stayed in the game as the center fielder, and rapped a two-run double for insurance, as Cincinnati beat the Cubs 5-2.

2. In 18 pinch-hit at-bats in 1992, Cesar collected six hits (.333), with a double, a stolen base, and three runs scored.

3. After beginning the 1993 season two-for-24 (.083), Hernandez was sent to the minors, never to return. He finished his career in Mexico.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I also had Cesar's 1992 Topps rookie card, which he shared with fellow outfield prospects Steve Hosey, Dan Peltier, and Jeff McNeely. There's one to put in your long-term assets portfolio.

Bill James Said: "I'll say the same thing this year that I said last year: he's never going to hit."

On This Date in 1993: October 15. The film adaptation of The Beverly Hillbillies, starring Jim Varney (of Ernest... fame) as family patriarch Jed Clampett, has its nationwide release. It is poorly reviewed, but is a moderate box office success nonetheless.

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