August 27, 1991 |
You don't miss the leadership until the clubhouse runs dry. Albert Goodwill Spalding, as I recall, expressed that thought at his second spring training. So now the well has run dry in the New York Mets' dugout, and now that they need him, Keith Hernandez is nowhere to be found. Not really Hernandez the Mex, himself, because the ability to cause others to play better is made of such gossamer stuff that it wears out, but now there is no one with the stuff to play the role Hernandez did.
April 9, 1991
First baseman Keith Hernandez underwent successful back surgery, but is unlikely to play for the Cleveland Indians before the All-Star break. Ronald Moskovich, who performed the 90-minute surgery, predicted Hernandez would be able to walk later in the day, although he said the first baseman would probably need three months to fully recuperate. Hernandez, 37, signed a two-year, $3.5-million contract in December of 1989.
March 1, 1991
Keith Hernandez wants to get a second opinion before committing to a back operation that has been recommended by the Cleveland Indians' orthopedist. Hernandez, 37, was limited to 43 games last year as a persistent calf injury sidelined him for much of the season. It was the first year of his two-year, $3.5-million contract with the Indians.
June 22, 1990
The Cleveland Indians put Keith Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, because of a strained left calf muscle.
December 7, 1989 |
Convinced that the numbers in his salary were more important to Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott than his pitching statistics, John Franco welcomed the trade that sent him to the New York Mets Wednesday for Randy Myers, a swap of two of the National League's best left-handed relievers. The teams also exchanged minor leaguers: 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Kip Gross went to Cincinnati and 22-year-old outfielder Don Brown went to New York. Franco, who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.