I’m Keith Hernandez and I play for Cleveland
A few years before Keith Hernandez befriended Jerry Seinfeld, he tried to extend his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians.
Mets’ co-captians Hernandez and Gary Carter were given their walking papers by the New York Mets following the 1989 season when the club decided to say goodbye to several veterans and go with younger prospects, according to a New York Times article.
Hernandez landed in Cleveland when he signed a two-year contract with the Tribe worth $3.5 million.
At the time of the signing, the former St. Louis Cardinal and Met said ‘I’m not ready for the bench yet.”
After the first baseman spent most of the 1989 season on the disabled list recovering from a broken kneecap, he embraced his new surroundings in the American League.
”This is a new league, a new city, a new stadium and a new challenge,” Hernandez said. ”The Indians pursued me more than anyone else. It’s important to me to be wanted.”
Even though Hernandez had a new outlook, he could not escape injury. He re-aggravated his knee injury on May 7.
By Aug. 10, 1990, Hernandez’s career was all but over. After suffering a torn calf muscle 10 days earlier, Cleveland placed him on the disabled list for the third time this season.
The multiple injuries not only kept him out of the line-up, it took a toll on his offensive production. In 43 games with the Tribe, Hernandez was batting just .192 with a home run and eight RBI.
Hernandez did try to fulfill the second and final year of this contract with Cleveland however he did not make it out of spring training.
On March 11, 1991, Hernandez decided to have back surgery after suffering a bulging disc.