Monday, September 8, 2008

#713 Willie Hernandez

Why this card is awesome: Because, wow, there is sure a lot of color contrast between the "TIGERS" team name and the light blue sky behind there.

Cool stat: Hernandez was the first pitcher ever to appear in 80 or more games and finish with an ERA+ of 200 or better. He won both the AL Cy Young and AL MVP awards that year.

1 comment:

MMayes said...

Willie was a pretty good pitcher. However, in fairness to Todd Worrell's commentary, I decided to look at Willie's home run history.

1984 -- gave up 6 homers, all of which were solo and none tied or lost the game.

1986 -- had a rough year. Gave up 4 walk-offs and not to a terribly great group. Hal McRae was a good hitter, but had lost a lot of bat speed by then. Hopefully he hung his head when Buck Martinez, Dick Schofield and Dale Berra won games off him.

Seems like he gave up more homers to light hitters (Omar Moreno, Junior Kennedy, Ozzie Smith) than big hitters.