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  • Jackie hernandez (1940-2019) Pirates Shortstop/Utility Infielder

    Jackie Hernandez, a middle infielder who enjoyed a 9-year MLB career from 1965 to 1973 primarily with the Pirates, passed away this week at the age of 79. He was traded on January 31, 1974 to the Phillies for catcher, Mike Ryan. Hernandez suffered an injury in Spring Training with the Phillies and missed the season opener and the next couple of weeks. In the meanwhile the Phillies signed their former all-star second baseman and fan favorite, Tony Taylor to be a back up infielder and pinch hitter. When Hernandez was healthy enough to return to the roster there was no longer a place for him on the roster, especially since Taylor got off to a great start as a pinch hitter and would lead the National League in pinch-hitting batting average that year with a .328 average. The Phillies released Hernandez three weeks into the season on April 24 without him ever appearing in a game as a Phillie. This proved to be the end of Hernandez's major league career as the only offers he got to play from teams were at the AAA minor leagues level. Hernandez had a .208 career batting average, with 12 home runs in 618 major league games.

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