Hernandez was riddled with injuries, but performed well during his time with Cincinnati. In three seasons there he never played in more than 97 games in any one season. However, he did post a .280 batting average, 24 home runs, 121 RBI and a .413 slugging percentage with the Reds.
Besides posting decent numbers, Hernandez provided Reds fans with many memorable clutch hits. My most memorable occurred on Friday, April 17, 2009 against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
The Reds were down 1-0 in the top of the ninth with one out. Edwin Encarnacion had just drawn a four-pitch walk off Houston closer Jose Valverde. Hernandez was next up and hit a 1-2 Valverde fastball the opposite way into the right field seats for his first home run as a Red, handing his team a 2-1 victory.
According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds manager Dusty Baker said, "Whew. That's a wonderful thing right there."
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote in his article, "Hernandez signs with Rockies, Reds will get a supplemental pick in the draft," that he didn't think there was any chance of the Reds offering him arbitration because Hernandez likely would have accepted. Fay thought he probably would have gotten $4 million or $5 million for a one year deal.
I highly doubt Hernandez would have gotten that amount. His 2011 salary was just under $3 million and besides being a 36 year old catcher, he has not played over 97 games since 2008.
Any how, thanks for the memories Ramon and good luck in Colorado. Except when playing the Reds.
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