Tuesday, March 10, 2015

#388 Jeremy Hernandez

About the Front: It seems like Topps used the horizontal format for most of the taller pitchers in this set. Jeremy Hernandez is 6'5"; off the top of my head, Ramon Martinez (6'4") and Randy Johnson (6'10") also got this treatment.

About the Back: Marty Keough was an outfielder/first baseman for the Reds and five other teams, 1956-1966. His son Matt pitched for the A's and four other clubs, 1977-1986.

Triple Play:

1. Jeremy earned his first big league win on September 4, 1992, blanking the Cubs for the final two innings of a 14-inning San Diego victory.

2. Following a June 1, 1993 trade to the Indians, he had six wins, eight saves, and a 3.14 ERA in 77.1 innings.

3. He finished his pro career with a 1997-1998 stint with the independent Tri-City Posse of the Western League.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I always thought the name Jeremy Hernandez was unconventional, but apparently his grandparents were Mexican.

Bill James Said: "I suspect that he's going to be one of the better middle relievers in the game over the next two-three years." 1994 went reasonably well (2.70 ERA in 21 games), but he gave up nine runs in seven innings in 1995 and never pitched in the majors again.

On This Date in 1993: March 10. Sherry Davis is hired by the Giants, making her the first woman to serve as a public address announcer in the big leagues.

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