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October 11 – Happy Birthday Orlando Hernandez

duqueI loved watching El Duque work on the mound. His ability to throw so many different pitches from that winding and unwinding motion always left me with the impression that he was conducting an orchestra instead of just pitching a baseball game. At least 33 years old when he escaped from Cuba and signed with the Yankees in 1998, his first two seasons in pinstripes were his best, winning 29 games during that span and compiling the first four of what would become eight consecutive postseason wins for New York. I clearly remember always feeling confident the Yankees would do well in any big game with Hernandez as their starting pitcher. Even after his mediocre 2000 regular season, when he finished 12-13, El Duque managed to win three straight starts that postseason.

And after New York traded him in January of 2003, Yankee fans will never forget how Hernandez rejoined the team during the 2004 season and led New York back to the playoffs by winning eight of ten decisions. Then, after spending time with both the White Sox and the Diamondbacks, El Duque joined the Mets during the 2006 season and went 18-12 during his two seasons at Shea. Perhaps if he had escaped from Castro’s Cuba a decade earlier, he would be headed for Cooperstown.

El Duque shares his October 11th birthday with this former Yankee reliever.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1998 NYY 12 4 .750 3.13 21 21 0 3 1 0 141.0 113 53 49 11 52 131 1.170
1999 NYY 17 9 .654 4.12 33 33 0 2 1 0 214.1 187 108 98 24 87 157 1.278
2000 NYY 12 13 .480 4.51 29 29 0 3 0 0 195.2 186 104 98 34 51 141 1.211
2001 NYY 4 7 .364 4.85 17 16 0 0 0 0 94.2 90 51 51 19 42 77 1.394
2002 NYY 8 5 .615 3.64 24 22 1 0 0 1 146.0 131 63 59 17 36 113 1.144
2004 NYY 8 2 .800 3.30 15 15 0 0 0 0 84.2 73 31 31 9 36 84 1.287
9 Yrs 90 65 .581 4.13 219 211 2 9 2 2 1314.2 1181 641 604 177 479 1086 1.263
NYY (6 yrs) 61 40 .604 3.96 139 136 1 8 2 1 876.1 780 410 386 114 304 703 1.237
NYM (2 yrs) 18 12 .600 3.88 47 44 0 1 0 0 264.1 212 122 114 37 105 240 1.199
ARI (1 yr) 2 4 .333 6.11 9 9 0 0 0 0 45.2 52 32 31 8 20 52 1.577
CHW (1 yr) 9 9 .500 5.12 24 22 1 0 0 1 128.1 137 77 73 18 50 91 1.457
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/11/2013.