Signed in blue ballpoint on the sweet spot
Inscription: 79 NL MVP
Keith Hernandez (born October 20, 1953) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who played the majority of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets. Hernandez was a five-time All-Star who shared the 1979 NL MVP award, and won two World Series titles, one each with the Cardinals and Mets.
A contact hitter with a .296 career average and a "great" walk rate of 12.5%, Hernandez's career hitting productivity was 31% above league average, by wRC+. For his defensive work he received Gold Glove awards in eleven consecutive seasons, the most by any first baseman in baseball history.
Hernandez retired as an active player after spending one year with the Cleveland Indians in 1990. He has worked since 2006 as a baseball analyst on Mets telecasts for SportsNet New York and WPIX since 2006, and he has gained a cult following from his broadcasting career.