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Keith Hernandez for the Hall of Fame

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Keith Hernandez was the best fielder at his position of the modern era, racking up 11 Gold Gloves at first base, the most at the position since the award began 57 years ago. Of the players with the most at the eight other positions, seven are in the Hall of Fame and the eighth, Ivan Rodriguez, is a shoo-in. If we regard the best fielder at each of the other positions as Hall-worthy, why not first base? Moreover, Hernandez was one of the most potent offensive players of his era, as well. During his fulltime career (1976-1987), Hernandez boasted the seventh-highest on-base percentage in baseball (.393), ahead of Hall of Famers George Brett, Joe Morgan, Mike Schmidt, Dave Winfield, Jim Rice and Eddie Murray.

  • 11 gold gloves at first base, most all-time
  • 1,682 assists, most in National League history
  • Captain of two World Championship teams (1982 Cardinals, 1986 Mets)
  • First team captain in Mets’ history
  • Five-time All-Star
  • Two-time NL Silver Slugger
  • 1979 NL Most Valuable Player (2.09 Career MVP Shares, 85th all-time)
  • Career .384 OBP
  • 59.4 career Wins Above Replacement, more than Hall of Famer first basemen Tony Perez, Bill Terry, George Sisler, Orlando Cepeda, Jim Bottomley and George Kelly
  • “He was the best player I ever played with.” –Roger McDowell, former teammate of Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt, Gary Carter, Eddie Murray, Roberto Alomar and Cal Ripken

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