Liván Hernández

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Eisler Livan Hernandez Carrera

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 220 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitching for the Mets in 2009

Liván Hernández was only the fourth player to be named MVP of both a League Championship Series and a World Series in the same season, accomplishing the feat in 1997, when the Florida Marlins won their first World Series title. The first three were Willie Stargell in 1979, Darrell Porter in 1982 and Orel Hershiser in 1988. Cole Hamels (2008) and David Freese (2011) have since joined them.

Hernández carried Cuba to titles in the 1992 World Junior Championship and 1993 World Junior Championship. In 1992, he allowed only one hit and no runs in 12 innings in the round-robin phase, striking out 19. He then threw a 6-hit, 7-strikeout, one-run game against the U.S. in the Gold Medal contest, facing a lineup which included Alex Rodriguez, Preston Wilson and A.J. Hinch. In 1993, he was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in the round-robin phase, striking out 21 and allowing 11 hits in 17 innings then holding the US to one run in 9 innings in the Gold Medal game, striking out 17 and allowing only 5 hits. Hernández struck out 14 in 9 2/3 IP in the 1994 Baseball World Cup, allowing no runs and winning one game.

He had played 18 major league games when he started Game 1 of the 1997 World Series; this is the record (through 2012) for fewest appearances before a Game 1 start in the World Series. After moving to the San Francisco Giants, he started and lost Game 7 of the 2002 World Series against rookie John Lackey of the Anaheim Angels, after also pitching poorly in his other start in Game 3. The following winter he got into a violent altercation in a parking lot in which he was alleged to have swung a golf club at an elderly man. That wore out his welcome with the Giants and he was traded to the Montréal Expos in spring training of In 2003 in what was widely considered as the Expos doing the Giants a favor. But Montreal had the last laugh, as Livan rebounded with a solid year that re-launched his career. That year, the average Expos pitcher threw 50 innings; Livan threw 233. he went 15-10, 3.20 as the Expos unexpectedly contented for a wild card spot into September, then led the National League in starts, complete games and innings pitched in 2004, the Expos' last season in Montreal. he made the All-Star team for the first time and also won the Silver Slugger Award as the NL's best-hitting pitcher that season, even though he was only 11-15, the result of pitching in front of a badly depleted team.

After last pitching in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, Livan did not play in 2013. He rejoined the Washington Nationals for their winter FanFest in 2014 and served as a pitching instructor in their spring camp that season, but he only officially signed his retirement papers in March of that year.

He is the son of Arnaldo Hernández Sr. and half brother of Orlando Hernández and Arnaldo Hernández Jr..

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time NL All-Star (2004 & 2005)
  • 1997 NLCS MVP
  • 1997 World Series MVP
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2004)
  • 3-time NL Innings Pitched Leader (2003-2005)
  • 2-time NL Complete Games Leader (2003 & 2004)
  • 15 Win Seasons: 3 (2000, 2003 & 2005)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 11 (1998, 2000-2007 & 2010)
  • Won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997

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