28 Facts About Livan Hernandez

1. Livan Hernandez was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 24, 1996, with the Florida Marlins.

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2. Livan Hernandez was born on Thursday, February 20, 1975, in Villa Clara, Cuba.

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3. On February 12, 2008, Livan Hernandez signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins worth $5 million, with an additional $2 million for performance bonuses.

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4. At the age of 20, Livan Hernandez gave up his $6 a month job as an official Cuban athlete and defected to the United States in 1995.

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5. Livan Hernandez is a baseball player from a poor family in Cuba.

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6. Livan Hernandez would go on to win three titles in a row with the New York Yankees teams that are considered one of the greatest teams of all time, cementing his spot in Yankees history forever.

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7. In 1998 Livan Hernandez was thrown into a rotation with the likes of David Cone, David Wells, and Andy Pettite and he earned his place among those greats.

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8. Livan Hernandez made his presence known in his first Major League start and right off the bat people started taking him seriously.

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9. Livan Hernandez made his presence known in a starting rotation and a team full of future Hall of Famers as we would soon come to realize.

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10. Livan Hernandez was the first Cuban defect to become an All Star.

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11. In 2006 Livan Hernandez adjusted his curveball and the radar gun told the story.

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12. Livan Hernandez played for 10 different teams throughout his 17-year MLB career.

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13. Livan Hernandez was selected to represent the Expos at the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston, Texas.

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14. Livan Hernandez is a dangerous hitter, helping his own cause with his bat, and won the Silver Slugger Award at the pitcher position in 2004.

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15. Livan Hernandez led the National League in innings pitched in three consecutive seasons, 2003 through 2005, and led the league in complete games for the first two of those years.

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16. Livan Hernandez was born to a poor family in the Villa Clara Province in Cuba.

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17. Livan Hernandez throws three pitches, including a 96-mphfastball, and Carter is down 0 and 2.

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18. Livan Hernandez comes to the plate in the bottom of the third.

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19. Livan Hernandez had a four-seam fastball in the same speed range.

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20. On June 22, 2012, Livan Hernandez signed a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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21. On January 31, 2012, Livan Hernandez signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros with an invitation to attend spring training.

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22. Livan Hernandez was the starting pitcher on Opening Day of the 2011 season, his fourth Opening Day appearance for the franchise.

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23. Livan Hernandez was the 1st pitcher to throw a complete game in Citi Field.

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24. In 2009, Livan Hernandez was one of only three active players, along with Derek Lowe and Brad Ausmus, to have played 12 or more seasons without going on the disabled list.

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25. On February 14, 2009, Livan Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.

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26. From 2003 to 2005, Livan Hernandez led the National League in innings pitched, and led the League in complete games 2003 and 2004.

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27. Livan Hernandez made his first appearance for the team as a September call-up in 1996, and joined the team for good in June 1997.

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28. At the age of 20, Livan Hernandez gave up his job as an official Cuban athlete and defected to the United States in 1995.

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