HERNANDEZ’S SIGNATURE STRETCH
A consistent Gold Glover throughout his career, Keith Hernandez perfected the first baseman stretch when fielding throws. This signature play was so well-known that it was used a means of introducing Hernandez in a 1992 episode of Seinfeld, wherein the title character recognized the legendary Met as he stretched out in a locker room. Hernandez’s defensive skills were a critical asset to the Mets during the 1980s, as he recorded better 1B fielding percentages than the league average in six of seven seasons.
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