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Keith Hernandez Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Keith Hernandez
Place Of Birth
San Francisco, USA
70 years old
Birth Date
October 20 1953

Keith Hernandez Facts

Child Star?
Professional Baseball Player, Broadcaster.
Education & Qualifications
Terra Nova High School, Pacifica, Capuchino High School, San Bruno.
Net Worth
John Hernandez, Jacqueline Hernandez

About Keith Hernandez

Keith Hernandez, born in San Francisco to John Hernandez and Jacqueline Hernandez, is a former professional baseball player who is known for his World Series title and NL MVP (Most Valuable Player) award.

He attended Terra Nova High School and Capuchino High School where he played for the high school teams before playing in the major leagues. Keith Hernandez played briefly at the College of San Mateo, a local community college.

He is one of the most talented MLB players in the history of the game and performed exceptionally as the team captain for New York Mets.

Jacqueline Hernandez, his mother suffered from Alzheimer's before she passed away in 1989. After his divorce from Sue Borcker in 1983, Keith married Kai Thompson in 2005 but they separated in 2011.

He was a first baseman who played with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets for almost the majority of his career. Keith’s last MLB (Major League Baseball) appearance was on July 24th, 1990, and he played for Cleveland Indians.

Keith Hernandez now works as a broadcaster on television for Mets games with Gary Cohen, an American Sportscaster, and Ron Darling, a former professional baseball player.

His relationship with manager Neil Allen led him to be traded to New York Mets in 1983. Keith Hernandez makes money from his successful career as a baseball player. Besides that, he works as a baseball analyst for Mets games. In an interview with Keith Hernandez, he revealed that he makes around $3,000 per year from Seinfield (in syndication royalties). He was also considered as one of the best players in the National League.

Keith Hernandez Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Keith Hernandez's net worth?

The estimated net worth of Keith Hernandez is $16 million.

How much does Keith Hernandez earn per year?

The salary earned by Keith Hernandez during his baseball career would be $17 million approximately.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Keith Hernandez?

Keith Hernandez is 6 ft (182 cm) tall.

How old is Keith Hernandez?

Keith Hernandez, who played for the Major League Baseball (MLB) was born on October 20, 1953, in San Francisco, and as of 2021, Keith is 68 years old.

Childhood And Education

Keith Hernandez was born in San Francisco, California, and he was raised in Pacifica, a city in San Mateo County, and Millbrae, a city in San Mateo County, California. He started his schooling at Terra Nova High School, Pacifica, and then continued his studies at Capuchino High School, San Bruno.

John Hernandez, a minor league baseman who was part of the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals during the 1940s, is the father of Keith Hernandez. Keith has an elder brother named Gary, who was a minor league baseball player too.

Keith shined as a school athlete during his early days and completed his graduation in 1971. The famous pitcher Bob McClure also attended the same school, Terra Nova High School. From 1974-1983, Keith played in the league for St. Louis Cardinals.

The teammates of Keith Hernandez misunderstood Keith Hernandez of Mexican descent, and they named him Max. But the fact is that he is not of Mexican descent. During his childhood days, Hernandez’s passion was studying civil war history.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Keith Hernandez’s partner?

Keith Hernandez got married to Sue Broecker, and they both together have three daughters. They got married in 1979, and they parted ways in 1983.

Later in 2005, Keith got married to Kai Thompson, and both parted ways in 2011. Keith Hernandez is best known for his career with New York Mets.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For

In 1972, Keith Hernandez started his professional career as a first baseman. He was part of the St. Petersburg Cardinals during his Florida State League. He played eleven games with an American Association named Triple-A Tulsa Oilers. Keith performed well, as he was developing himself during that time.

In 1973, the Cardinals assigned Keith to the Double-A Arkansas Travelers in the Texas League. During this league, Keith was one of the top fielding first basemen in the minor league, with a fielding percentage of .991. Later in the 1973 season, the cardinals assigned Keith Hernandez to Triple-A Tulsa; his slugging percentage was .468, and his batting average was .333 during the league.

Keith played more than 100 games for Tulsa, and his home run was 14, slugging percentage was .555, and batting average was .351 during the 1974 season. In 1975 September, Keith was assigned to the cardinals, and he improved his batting average to .250.

One of the most remarkable things to be noted in the career of Keith Hernandez was the winning of the Gold Glove Awards, 11 times from 1978 to 1988. He was known as the slickest fielder in the leagues.

During the 1982 World Championship Series, the batting average was .299, and the home run was 94 for Keith Hernandez.

During this stage, Hernandez received fame from the public, but his attitude and troubles were noted by the cardinal’s manager Whitey Herzog. The problem behind these troubles for Hernandez was the intake of cocaine. Hernandez revealed that he started using cocaine in a huge quantity after he and his wife got separated. He also admitted that he played in the leagues under the influence of cocaine and peaked the public’s attention towards him.

In 1983, the Cardinals assigned him to the Mets, and despite these controversies regarding drug intake, Keith played well and won his sixth NL Gold Glove with a batting average of .306 in a total of 95 games.

In 1984, Keith with the Mets played the league and created an impact with a batting average of .311 and home runs of 15, earning a place in the NL All-Star Team.

At the beginning of the 1986 season, Keith underwent an investigation regarding his drug intake. Peter Ueberroth, the Commissioner, suspended eight players, including Keith, not to participate in the leagues for one year. But at the same time, he lifted the suspensions with certain offers like the suspended players had to contribute 10% of their earnings or salary to the anti-drug programs and also had to perform drug tests before each league for their entire career. At first, Keith Hernandez declined this offer, but later, he accepted the offer so that he could play for the 1986 season.

In 1987, when Keith was 33 years old, he played a total of four seasons, one with the Cleveland Indians and four with the Mets.

During the 1989 season, his game performance started fading with a batting average of .233 and home runs of just 4. The main reason was his broken kneecap during the league with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After the 1989 season, Keith signed an agreement with the Cleveland Indians for two years. This was a new challenge to Keith, and he praised the Cleveland Indians’ support for him. But due to his health condition, in the 1990 season, he played only 43 games and announced his retirement not shortly after the end of the 1990 season. In 1991, Keith underwent a back surgery.

Keith Hernandez then started appearing in the television comedy 'Seinfield'. He also appeared in the 'Boyfriend: Part 1 and Part 2' series, which created great fame in his career. He also appeared in commercials like Just for Men, a hair dye promotion, and more.

In 2006, Keith Hernandez started his career as a color commentator on the Mets game, and he was also involved in the events that took place in the Mets.

Keith Hernandez was best known for his batting average of .296, 2,182 hits, total runs batted 1,071, and home runs 162. From 1974 to 1983, Keith played in the league for St. Louis Cardinals.

Charity Work

Keith’s mother, Jacqueline, died in 1989 due to Alzheimer’s. Hernandez thought to raise funds for the center named Brooklyn Daycare, which takes care of Alzheimer’s patients. He shaved off his mustache in an event that attracted nearly 300 fans, collected almost $10,000, and delivered it to the daycare as charity work.

What awards has Keith Hernandez won?

 Keith Hernandez with his team won the World Series, championship two times in 1982 and 1986.  In 1979, he won the NL MVP, Most Valuable Player award, for his performance.

Keith, with his teams, won the Gold Glove Award, eleven times from 1978 to 1988. In 1980 and 1984, he won the Silver Slugger Award, two times with his team. In 1979, Keith was honored with the NL batting Champion award.

Keith Hernandez’s Hobbies And Interests

As per the media sources, there are no details available regarding his hobbies and interests.

Other Interesting Keith Hernandez Facts And Trivia

  • He is a great fan of Donald Trump because of Trump’s helping nature towards the economic conditions.
  • The Republican Party, also called GOP, is a political party in the United States, and Keith has donated thousands of dollars to this party and to the candidates of the GOP.
  • Keith Hernandez, along with Walt Frazier, appeared in the hair coloring product used by men named Just for Men.
  • He made his first appearance in the MLB (Major League Baseball) on August 30th, 1974, and played for St. Louis Cardinals.
  • His last MLB (Major League Baseball) league took place on July 24, 1990, and he played for the Cleveland Indians.
  • Keith Hernandez is an American.
  • Gemini is the zodiac sign of Keith Hernandez.
  • In the 1986 World Series Championship, Keith played with Darryl Strawberry, a baseball player.
  • He also appeared in the television show 'Law & Order: Wager' in the year 1994.
  • He joined as a baseball analyst for the Mets in the year 2006.
  • From 1974-1983, Keith played in the league for St. Louis Cardinals.
  • From 1983-1989, Hernandez played with the New York Mets and won many leagues.
  • In 1990, Keith Hernandez played for the Cleveland Indians, but his performance dropped out due to his injury.
  • Keith’s brother bought him a book regarding Civil War history, which later became his passion for learning about the Civil War.
  • Keith Hernandez published five books, and his most recent book was released in 2018. This book describes the entire life history of Keith during his 1980 season.
  • The reason for the divorce from his first wife, Susan Hernandez, is still unknown.
  •  Keith got married to Kai Thompson, and both parted ways in 2011.
  • One of his books, titled 'Pure Baseball,' is written by Keith.
  • During his retirement announcement, Keith Hernandez stayed as an active player in the league.
  • He reached a massive fan base for his defensive attacks during the leagues.
  • On October 20 of every year, Keith celebrates his birthday in San Francisco, United States.
  • Keith Hernandez was called a star athlete because of his best performance in the minor leagues during his school days.
  • He is a left-hander when throwing and batting during his career.
  • Castilian Spanish is the ancestry tree of his father, whereas Scots Irish is the ancestry tree of his mother. Keith explained this information clearly on the Mets broadcast.
  • In 2012, he did his charity work on behalf of his mother, who died due to Alzheimer's.
  • He enrolled himself at Serra High School, where Tom Brady and Barry Bonds studied. This is the boys’ catholic high school, which is situated in San Mateo.

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