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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Orlando El Duque Hernandez

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El Dugue worn a few uniforms in his major league career, best known as a Yankee one then that always stood out , his leg kick and his teams win.

His greatest success came as a New York Yankees starter during that team’s run of World Series championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He also won a championship in 2005 with the Chicago White Sox. He is the half-brother of pitcher Liván Hernández.

Hernández is well known for his extremely high leg kick.

Hernández played for Industriales of Havana in the Cuban National Series, helping the team win that title in 1992 and 1996. He also represented Havana in Selective Series, on teams including Ciudad Habana and Habaneros. He was 126–47 with 3.05 ERA over his ten-year career in the National Series. His career winning percentage in National and Selective Series, .728, is the league record.

Hernández was also a fixture on the Cuba national baseball team, and was part of the gold-winning Olympic team at Barcelona in 1992.

his first year in the Major Leagues in 1998, Hernandez posted a 12-4 record with a 3.13 ERA. He was part of the World Series-winning team when the Yankees beat the San Diego Padres. He finished in 4th place in AL Rookie of the Year voting.

Hernández enjoyed his best year in 1999, with a 17–9 record and setting career-highs in strikeouts (157) and innings pitched (214.1) as a Yankee. After the regular season, he was selected the Most Valuable Player in the American League Championship Series. The Yankees would eventually win their 2nd straight World Series title against the Atlanta Braves.

2000

Hernandez went 12-13 with a 4.51 ERA during the 2000 regular season. The Yankees then won their 3rd straight World Series title after beating the Mets. For his first 3 postseasons from 1998-2000, Hernandez performed well by going 8-1 with a 2.23 ERA.

2001

Hernandez went 4-7 with a 4.85 ERA in 17 games (16 starts). The Yankees entered the World Series for the 4th year in a row but ended up losing to the Diamondbacks.

2002

Hernandez went 8-5 with a 3.64 ERA and 1 save in 24 games (22 starts). With his 5th straight postseason entry, the Yankees faced the Anaheim Angels in the 2002 ALDS but lost the series.

In 2005, while pitching for the Chicago White Sox, Hernández went 9-9 with a 5.12 ERA and 1 save in 24 appearances (22 starts). He delivered a memorable performance in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the 2005 ALDS against the Red Sox. Brought on in relief with the bases loaded and no outs, Hernández induced two fly ball outs before striking out Johnny Damon without surrendering a run.[10] The White Sox would go on to win the game, sweeping the Red Sox out of the playoffs. Leading the White Sox to the World Series, they swept the Houston Astros to seal their first championship since 1917.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …Orlando “El Dugue” Hernandez.

MLB debut
June 3, 1998 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2007 for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 90–65
Earned run average 4.13
Strikeouts 1,086
Teams
Career highlights and awards
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